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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

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On-Scene Commander - Americas (IMO Level 2 Equivalent)


The course provides the foundation knowledge required for all Supervisors and On-Scene Commanders to conduct a successful response.

5 Days
OSRL IMO2 Equivalent

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Develop both your tactical and strategic skills in spill response management, allowing you to make effective and efficient decisions with our flagship training course especially for the Americas region.

On this unique course of theoretical and practical training, you’ll develop a fundamental understanding of the use of different response techniques and strategies, in addition to gaining an appreciation of all aspects of oil spill response.

This is an IMO Level 2 standard course that is certified with an OSRL Certification of Completion. See our Standards page for more information.


Is this course for me?

This course is ideal for those who may perform a functional role within the tactical response teams, as well as those aiming for and at On-Scene Commander level.

  • On-Scene Commanders
  • All Incident Command Team members fulfilling operations, planning or logistics roles
  • Supervisors in charge of shoreline, offshore and aerial operations
  • Government Officials


What will I learn?

Delivered in Florida, USA, by our experienced USA Team, you will practice the safe deployment and operation of a wide variety of equipment in addition to obtaining a comprehensive overview of oil spill response to develop you to On-Scene Commander level.

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • Overview of oil spill response
  • Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA)
  • Spill assessment and identifying the best response techniques and strategies
  • Practical realities of response management
  • Marine and inland response methods and technologies


Course Programme

  • Tiered response and OSRL response protocol
  • Oil spill fates and effects
  • Contingency planning
  • Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) mapping
  • Aerial observation of oil on water
  • Containment and recovery
  • Shoreline clean-up and assessment
  • Site safety and HAZWOPER regulations
  • Temporary storage and disposal
  • Dispersant use and decision-making
  • In-situ burning
  • Media relations
  • Spill response management and Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Table-top exercise
  • Field exercises
  • Warehouse tour
  • Equipment familiarisation and demonstration
  • Shoreline assessment/ contingency planning
  • Mechanical recovery, boom deployment, anchoring systems
  • Temporary storage devices, pumps, small boat operation
  • Shoreline clean-up scenario (beach and mangrove)
  • Intra-coastal waterway spill clean-up (river and bay)
Register your Interest
There are currently no sessions available for this course. If you would like to register your interest in taking this course in the future, please let us know.