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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

Welcome to OSRL


Course Structure

  • Classroom75%
  • Presentations40%
  • Group Tasks35%
  • Practical25%
  • Hands-on exercises25%

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

On this unique course of theoretical and practical training, you’ll develop a sound understanding of the use of different response techniques and gain an appreciation of all aspects of oil spill response.


This is an IMO Level 2 standard course certified by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. See our Standards page for more information.

This course is perfect for those relatively inexperienced in oil spill response. It is suitable for those who will operate in tactical, site safety or environmental support positions within Incident Management Teams or Emergency Response Team. This course is ideal for On-Scene Commanders.


  • Personnel required to operate within an Incident Management Team (IMT) or Emergency Response Team, including site safety positions
  • Operational staff responsible for setting strategic and tactical priorities and those required to conduct response tactics
  • On-scene Commanders
  • Planning staff with an environmental remit


The table-top and practical exercises within this course aim to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a key member of an oil spill response team; one with practical spill equipment knowledge and handling experience.


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

  • Overview of oil spill response
  •  fates and effects of oil, potential environmental and economic impacts and the importance of preparedness
  • response techniques used during an incident including practical element, conducting an inland, shoreline and offshore response
  • importance of media relations during response operations and the opportunity to practice skills
  • spill termination and the liabilities that sit with responsible parties.

Day 1

  • Introduction and safety brief
  • Overview of oil spill response
  • Causes, fates and effects
  • Environmental and economic impacts
  • Tier III base site tour
  • Contingency planning
  • Site safety (hazards to responders)
  • Spill management


Day 2

  • Recovery devices
  • Containment and protection
  • Introduction to inland spills
  • Table-top exercise
  • River exercise


Day 3

  • Offshore exercise
  • Spill assessment and tracking
  • Tracking and quantification exercise
  • Dispersants
  • Case study


Day 4

  • Table-top exercise
  • Shoreline clean-up
  • Waste management
  • Shoreline exercise


Day 5

  • Media relations
  • Spill termination
  • Liabilities, claims and compensation

Here's what you've been saying about this course:

"Deployment exercise very enjoyable and good practical demonstration of use of spill response equipment."


"All facilitators were technically very good as subject experts.  These came through from the way experiences were shared, how exercises were handled and clarity in their presentations."


"There was a variety of equipment - skimmer, booms – available and very valuable discussion on deployment. Good practical hands on experience."


"Able to learn different strategies on a cleanup operations, eg high volume low pressure washing on shoreline & setting up the cleanup operation by different zones. Improved my understanding especially on different equipment available & how it will be efficiently used."


"It is important that shoreline cleanup, waste management & dispersants are being taught as they are all important in oil spill response. The offshore boom deployment exercise was an eye opener.  It is great that we get the chance to be hands-on in the deployment of the offshore boom."

Booking Options

Oil Spill Clearance - On-Scene Commander (IMO Level 2)
Course code: CLR52
September 2019
Location & Country
Member rateUSD 3350
Non-memberUSD 4000
Course code: CLR204
October 2019
Location & Country
SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
Member rateGBP 1998
Non-memberGBP 2338
Book by 13 August 2019 and save 5%
Course code: CLR53
November 2019
Location & Country
Member rateUSD 3350
Non-memberUSD 4000