Under the Service Level Agreement (SLA), a Member of Oil Spill Response Limited has "access to expert oiled wildlife advice" via the Sea Alarm Foundation (see SLA Nov 2014, section 4.0.G). This is made possible under a contract signed in 2005 between OSRL and Sea Alarm.
What is Sea Alarm? Sea Alarm is a small non-governmental organisation with a three-person team that works to improve global preparedness for, and response to, oiled wildlife incidents. Sea Alarm's personnel have a unique expertise that includes wildlife incident assessment and management, wildlife planning and preparedness development, response network management and alignment, best practice dissemination, design and development of training and exercises. Sea Alarm experts do not handle animals, but as advisers, help to create the environment and conditions that mobilised hands-on experts need to make a difference during an incident. Our Members can contact Sea Alarm via the OSRL Duty Manager.
What does Sea Alarm provide if activated for an oiled wildlife incident? Under the SLA, Sea Alarm can be activated 24/7 as part of our wider mobilisation. Under the SLA the full time availability of two persons is guaranteed as follows:
- Full time availability of one Sea Alarm expert for advice and potential mobilisation to the affected site.
- Full time availability of one Sea Alarm expert for advice and response support providing advice and support from the Sea Alarm office in Brussels or OSRL Premises.
Wildlife Response Planning A response without a pre-spill agreed wildlife plan in place will have a large potential for delays and inefficiency. Therefore the best guarantee for a fast and effective wildlife response mobilisation is provided by a pre-spill developed wildlife response plan, implemented through training and exercises. Such a plan is best integrated with the overall oil spill response plan that a Member has in place for its oil exploration, production or transportation activities in a country or area. For the last ten years we have partnered with Sea Alarm to encourage our Members to develop plans and capabilities while improving industry's global oiled wildlife response capabilities.
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