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Insights from experienced Oil Spill Response experts

 

Are crisis planners confident that they're equipped for the next significant challenge? 

2020 was undoubtedly an extraordinary year, with each of us facing new and unique challenges.

There were well-documented failings in the global response at both an organisational and national level and leaders must, therefore, ask whether their worst-case scenario (WCS) planning and preparedness were adequate for this crisis or would be for the next.

Author: Rosie Buse

 

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The COVID-19 Pandmeic

Can this pandemic be used as a catalyst to strengthen the implementation of Tiered Preparedness and Response?

As England settles into its second national lockdown, other countries also continue to work to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We must embrace the ethos of continuous improvement to learn from the challenges of COVID-19, not to tear up the old, but to find ways of evolving to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Author: Paul Foley

 


While the Covid-19 pandemic may not directly cause oil spills, it is having a negative impact not only on the likelihood but also the consequences should one occur. 

There is a myriad of factors to consider when coordinating a responder-dependent response during a pandemic.

With any response, technology and politics can overcome many obstacles. Ultimately success, however it is measured, comes down to people: individuals who understand the risks, are well cared for both physically and mentally, and are well supported to make a bad situation better than it otherwise would be.

Author: Andy Nicoll

 

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Preparing for a Grey Rhino Event

The Shipping Industry has gone beyond ‘Black Swans’ and is now on the lookout for ‘Grey Rhinos’ – should you be too?

No business operates in a vacuum. Instead, we are all part of a complex and competitive ecosystem – beholden to market dynamics and shifts in public attitudes that are largely beyond our control.

The shipping industry is not exempt from these external forces and must constantly adapt; whether to new regulatory requirements or other, more singular and individual levers.

Author: James Tan

 


Remote, Low Carbon, Efficient. Responding to oil spills in a post pandemic virtual world.

The perceived wisdom is that we cannot make the right decisions without boots on the ground.

Around the world corporations and individuals are being challenged to reduce their carbon footprint and international air travel is a key focus.

If we can get just four things right, then remote incident management could become a reality.

Authors: Rob James, Daniel White

 

Is It Time To Say Goodbye To the Cavalry


 

Thoughts on improving preparedness, overcoming response challenges & increasing spill risks due to extreme weather events

Covid-19, Climate Change and Remote Locations: Challenging Times for Oil Spill Prevention and Response

Events such as the recent spill in Norilsk, Russia have highlighted that some organisations are missing key risks when designing systems to prevent and respond to oil spills. It is incumbent on all operators to ensure they continuously review their risk profile and consider changing or emerging risks such as climate change and the current pandemic, particularly in remote locations where any response is inevitably complex.

How could more extensive preparedness enable companies to imagine the unimaginable caused by unprecedented climate change?

Authors: Fiona Carson, Marcus Russell