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Limiting damage in the event of acute pollution

In the event of an acute pollution incident, the fate of the natural environment depends on an organisation with sufficient capacity and expertise to respond quickly enough to limit the scope of damage.

Objectives

  • To be optimally prepared to implement sufficient damage-limiting measures through our own response operation by conducting extensive annual drills, in-house training, etc.
  • To be an active partner in national and international agreements, with specific focus on the High North and Russia.
  • To be proactive in the further development of oil spill response equipment in cooperation with other users and producers, with specific focus on use in adverse weather conditions, darkness and ice.
  • Establish preparedness against acute chemical pollution in proportion to the environmental risk and in compliance with the OPRC-HNS Protocol on Preparedness, Response and Co-operation to Pollution Incidents by Hazardous and Noxious Substances.
  • Ensure that experience from previous response operations is used in the ongoing efforts to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency response. Above all, the capacity of near-coast and beach cleanup operations must be enhanced, with specific focus on methods, guidelines, incident command systems, waste management and health, safety & environment issues.
  • Improve emergency response by building the capacity of both in-house staff and our external partners, by such measures as:
    - Further developing national and international agreements on mutual assistance and cooperation in the event of acute pollution incidents.
    - Improving the training of personnel involved in governmental emergency response.
    - Implementing the results of the integrated capacity building project.
    - Improving the Coastal Administration’s system for experience transfer from training, drills and actual incidents.
  • Implement the recommendations from the environmental risk and contingency analysis in order to optimize emergency response.
  • Clarify the organisation and implementation of national dispersant preparedness.
  • Improve emergency off-loading preparedness in accordance with assessments and experience.

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