Oil spill reponse exercises

This Work Package intends to establish the level of equipment of counties and regions on the Adriatic to contain spills (vessels, skimmers, booms, aircraft and oiled water storage capacities) and organize cross-border exercises on the Adriatic to verify operational preparedness, and improve cooperation and harmonize the work of operational staff, especially response teams involved in implementing national and regional contingency plans.

These activities envisage the collection and processing of data concerning the type, quantity and spatial distribution of equipment, resulting, in the one hand, with the setting up of a joint database with information regarding equipment necessary for the protection of the sea; on the other hand, the aim is to produce scenarios to carry out international exercises which will be used in the joint cross-border exercises. The exercises shall be followed by evaluation meetings to draw conclusions aiming at eliminating weaknesses and reducing response time at sea. Coastal guards, civil protection headquarters, volunteers, safety structures, military forces, airports etc.. will be involved in the participation at the exercises:

  • Oil spill response exercise in Northen Adriatic called Virex 2014 on 16th May 2014 in Croatia
  • Oil spill response exercise in Central  Adriatic called Ercole 2014 on 23-24th September  2014 in Itay
  • Oil spill response exercise in South Adriatic called PAMEX 2015 on 11-15th May 2015