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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

UKCS Response and Control (OPEP 4)


Formerly DECC Level 4

This course teaches delegates UK legislation, the roles and responsibilities of UK agencies and how to develop and implement an Incident Action Plan (IAP).

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4 Days

Course details

Become an effective member of the Onshore Emergency Management Team when responding to an Offshore or Coastal Pollution Incident in the UKCS.

This four day UKCS specific course will give you the knowledge and understanding to be a member of the Onshore Emergency Management Team in response to an Offshore or Coastal Pollution Incident. This course will enhance your understanding of oil spill response requirements within the UKCS with a comprehensive overview of oil spill response, including statutory notifications, communications with BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), MCA (Maritime & Coastguard Agency) and the SOSREP (Secretary of State's Representative), which will enable you to formulate an effective response strategy.


Is this course for me?

Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEP) state that a company must always have access to a person competent to IMO Level 2 equivalent (OPEP Level 4), in order to advise on response strategies. This course is the required level of training required to fulfil the BEIS directive.

  • UK Onshore Emergency Responders from the UK offshore industry seeking IMO Level 2 equivalent (or previously DECC Level 4)
  • UK On-Scene Commanders
  • Managers/Supervisors from UK oil handling facilities, UK terminals and UK refineries
  • UK-based Incident Command Support and Emergency Response Team members providing practical, safety or environmental support


What will I learn?

The course builds awareness of the complexities of strategic and tactical decision making and provides an understanding of oil spill response in the UKCS. You will learn how to complete a full assessment of an oil spill, the initial response activities and how to identify response priorities and limitations.

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

  • UKCS Legislation and Conventions regarding pollution incidents
  • Roles and responsibilities of major stakeholders
  • The use of Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs)
  • Strategic response in the UKCS
  • Offshore and table-top exercise
  • This course is an equivalent IMO Level 2 certified course


Course programme

Day 1

  • Legislation
  • Fates & effects of oil
  • Environmental sensitivities
  • OSRL site tour
  • Contingency planning
  • Surveillance, modelling & visualisation
  • Dispersants

Day 2

  • Hazards to responders
  • Offshore response
  • UK agencies
  • Offshore deployment practical exercise

Day 3

  • Shoreline response
  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)
  • Inland response
  • Shoreline deployment practical exercise

 Day 4

  • Waste management
  • Managing the media
  • Spill termination
  • Table-top exercise


Course reviews

"The course structure mixes learning activities well to get good engagement and therefore retention."


"Very enjoyable yet educational. Practical experience is extremely valuable."


"Great course - learnt a lot - sufficient detail where necessary. Concise, well-structured and to the point. Good addition of examples & case studies from experience."

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05/11/2020 - 02/11/2020
Southampton, United Kingdom
GBP 1530 / GBP 1777

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