Sunic-Ocean takes part in a global Oil Response Initiative

SeaDarQ representative in China - Sunic-Ocean - participated in a Oil Spill Emergency Workshop in Qingdao. Organized by Chinese MSA, the initiative aims to enhance a cooperation between IMO, IPIECA and MSA on preparedness and response to oil spills, and to promote China’s capability-building against marine oil spills. Li Guobin, who is a member of ISCO Executive Committee and the SeaDarQ agent presented the most recent development in the field of oil spill response equipment.

Organized by MSA of China Ministry of Transport, hosted by the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration, a three-day (from June 19 to June 21) symposium of “International Maritime Organization (IMO), China Maritime Safety Administration, and International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) workshop on Oil Spill Emergency Response” was successfully opened in Qingdao China. More than 70 delegates from relevant international organizations, Environmental Protection Department, State Oceanic Administration, domestic oil industry, shipping industry, scientific research institutes, maritime systems directly under MSA, oil spill equipment manufacturers (including Sunic-Ocean) and environmental protection enterprises (SPROs) attended the opening ceremony.

During this three-day event, Sunic-Ocean, as a long standing provider of oil spill response knowledge and technology, as well as a distributor and manufacturer of internationally advanced spill response equipment in China, was invited to set up an exhibition booth at the conference hall just beside the entrance.

The workshop was concluded with a list of improvements that have to be implemented in China in order to decrease a risk of oil spills. One area for improvement is to strengthen cooperation between government and industry. Another area is strengthening the cooperation between Chinese organizations and international organizations such as IMO and IPIECA.

With a view to achieving the objectives of the initiative through concrete and practical activities, the participants of the meeting agreed to the establishment of an informal oil spill preparedness and response technical consultative group, and approved the options for a biennial programme of joint activities. It is intended to launch the new Global Initiative China Programme in 2013.