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Frequently asked questions about SCOPE 2017

Is there anything you wonder about SCOPE2017? Here you will find frequently asked questions, as well as the answers to the questions. Click on the question, and the answer will appear.

What is SCOPE 2017?

SCOPE 2017 is an exercise in preventing oil and chemical pollution, to be conducted off Langesund 25–27 September. The exercise is supported by the EU and is called the Skagerrak Chemical Oilspill Exercise (SCOPE) 2017.

Who is behind SCOPE?

The Norwegian Coastal Administration is the main organiser of the exercise. The EU, through the European Commission, supports the exercise financially. Otherwise the Danish Defence, the Swedish Coast Guard, Iceland's Environmental Directorate, and Norway’s IUA Telemark and South-East Police District are partners and important contributors.

What is the aim of SCOPE?

The aim of the exercise is to make us better prepared to meet the increased shipping of chemicals in the Skagerrak and the Oslo Fjord, and strengthen international cooperation to deal with this type of incidents.

How extensive is the exercise?

The exercise will involve about 500 people, 20 ships, three planes, drones and a helicopter. SCOPE 2017 is the largest exercise that the Coastal Administration has organized in Norway.

Why is SCOPE being carried out in the Skagerrak?

The Skagerrak is an area with extensive sea traffic. Traffic density is also expected to grow in the years to come.

What is the likelihood of a collision between a tanker and a chemical vessel?

The likelihood of such an accident in this area is very small. The consequences of such an accident may, however, be great.

Is the likelihood higher for an accident in this area than elsewhere along the Norwegian coast?

The area where the exercise takes place is described in the Coastal Emergency Preparedness Analysis as one of the Norwegian coastal areas with a somewhat higher risk of such accidents.

Why has the EU decided to support the exercise?

The EU is committed to ensuring that the European emergency response to acute pollution should be optimal. In so-called worst case events, more than one country will often be affected, and therefore good cooperation between the nations is crucial.

What were the consequences of the Full City accident for the environment in Grenland?

The Full City accident had no major consequences for the environment in the area. Read more about the environmental investigations after the accident

How will the local people in Grenland notice that an exercise is in progress?

The locals will observe ships at the quayside and in the sea, planes and helicopters in the air, and some activity in various port areas (especially in Krogshavn) and in beach areas. There may also be some more traffic on the roads.