Responding to oil spill pollution was the topic of a seminar and practical exercise organised in the Bulgarian port of Varna on 12–14 June for participants from several countries, including Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
The event was organised under the EU-funded Black and Caspian Sea (BCSEA) project implemented by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
The EMSA gave a thorough overview of its oil spill pollution response and prevention services. The Bulgarian Maritime Administration then shared its experience in oil spill preparedness and response. After the theoretical part, the participants boarded an oil tanker to examine the pollution response equipment on board. The vessel’s crew interacted with the participants and replied to their questions.
On the second day, the participants split into two groups and went on board the two EMSA contracted vessels, which sailed towards the exercise area.
The crews on both vessels demonstrated to the participants their mini-laboratory equipment for measuring the dynamic viscosity, density and flashpoint of non-homogenous materials such as fuels and residual oils.
The BCSEA project aims to improve maritime safety and security, and prevent marine pollution in the region. It does so by supporting the efforts of coastal states to implement relevant international legislation, align their regulatory frameworks with EU legislation and improve the performance of their maritime activities. The project covers Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.
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