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MARINER 4th Quarterly Newsletter - July 2017
On June 28th Public Health England held the MARINER UK workshop in Cardiff to demonstrate the tools and guidance being developed to enhance response to maritime HNS Incidents. The 1-day event gave a demonstration of a free web-based interactive tool that can generate maritime exercises to support planning and preparedness. This workshop was aimed at officers likely to attend command and control cells set up during an incident such as the Tactical Co-ordinating group, Scientific Technical Advisory Cell, Environment Group,
Past activities
Training workshop for planning and response to maritime HNS incidents at sea in Cardiff
POLEX 24-17 was an international SAR and oil pollution response drill organized by the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency and the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine, which are members of the Advisory Board of MARINER. It was held on 14th, 15th and 16th June in Santander. It consisted in a full-scale exercise simulating a spill of 3,000 tons of heavy fuel oil, IFO 380, from tanker ALFA remaining adrift on its way to the port of Bilbao. Two MARINER partners participated in the modelling unit and as observers. The MARINER poster and leaflets were displayed during the exercise.
MARINER in POLEX 24-17. Santander. Spain
Recovery Co-ordinating Group or officers who are part of the planning and response arrangements to shoreline pollution incidents. Please go to MARINER website for workshop presentations (click here).
MARINER partners continue participating in different international events with a twofold aim, to present project developments to a broader audience –and especially to end-users from other regions-, and keep abreast of new developments and needs on the field of HNS preparedness and response. In the last two months, our partners participated in the IOSC2017 Conference in Long Beach (California, USA) and in the European Environmental Ports Conference in Antwerp (Belgium). At the IOSC2017, PHE presented on “MARINER project: Enhancing HNS Planning and Preparedness via innovative training tools”, and Action Modulers presented an “Automated system for near-real time prediction of oil spills from EU satellite-based detection service”.
MARINER around the world
In MARINER, the 3D HNS spill model developed in ARCOPOL projects has been subjected to a full source-code analysis and optimization to improve the model speed and performance, increasing its adaptability to be used in emergency response situations. During the summer, the model will be applied in the hindcasting simulation of past accidents such as the Cason (Spain, 1987) in order to evaluate the model capacity.
Ongoing activities
Comparing and trialling HNS models capacity
Our partner CIIMAR is compiling all the information available in the literature over environmental monitoring (addressing chemical, biological and ecological assessments) in a systematic and easily accessible way to improve the preparedness and response to HNS spills. Due to the complexity of the HNS universe, CIIMAR is focusing on 23 priority chemicals that were previously selected for potentially posing major risk to the marine environments in the European Atlantic waters (Neuparth et al., 2011). Eventually, CIIMAR will integrate all this information to produce an ISBN protocol book.
Cross border guidelines and protocols for HNS spill environmental impact assessment
Furthermore, CIIMAR is conducting a detailed bibliographic search of all impact assessment approaches taken in former HNS spills. The aim of this search is to obtain a full characterization of the state-of-art in order to identify the existing gaps and develop a harmonized framework to implement the impact assessment for priority HNS. The protocols and guidelines will be trialled in laboratory and at the exercises to be organised in autumn in Spain.
ARCOPOLplatform video: Including environmental monitoring in marine pollution events.
In addition to this, schematic conditions and substances will be agreed to carry out the comparison exercises between MARINER model and other reference chemical spill models such as the one developed in the frame of HNS-MS project.
From 12th to 14th September Cedre will hold a workshop in their facilities in Brest to test the training materials developed in the framework of MARINER. The main objectives are to present existing response protocols and equipment, and teach good practice and lessons drawn from incident reviews. The 3-day course will also include the presentation of e-learning tools related to risk and impact assessment. Finally the last afternoon will be dedicated to a demonstration of a free web-based interactive tool that can generate maritime exercise scenarios to support preparedness.
Coming soon
Training event for Response to Maritime HNS Incidents in France
Action Modulers and CIIMAR are developing a training package that will cover different relevant aspects on the fields of environmental impact of HNS in the marine environment and on estimating fate and behaviour of chemicals spilled at sea. The course is being structured in 4 units, namely: 1- Introduction, including general concepts about HNS; 2 - Environmental Impacts, touching on ecology (e.g. most affected species) and public health (toxicological effects); 3 - Environmental monitoring (e.g. monitoring protocols); and 4 - Advanced tools for Preparedness & Response (multiple modules). All the training materials (how-to videos, slide presentations, manuals, video interviews with experts, etc.) will be available online on a wiki website after the summer.
Training package: HNS modelling
This workshop is aimed at officers likely to attend command and control units set up during an incident such as Tactical, Scientific, Technical Advisory, Environment Groups or officers who are part of the planning and response arrangements to shoreline pollution incidents. Check MARINER website for further information.
Source: Cedre
A closer look at MARINER Partners:
Universidade de Vigo - University of Vigo
Among all the research teams working in this university, MARINER counts on the participation of the Group of Plant Ecology and Evolution. Besides research in ecology and evolution of species interactions (especially in pollination biology, seed dispersal and biological invasions), this group is also deeply involved in scientific divulgation through innovative technologies. To this aim, they have set up a complementary group named “Divulgare”, which basically aims at disseminating beyond the grey literature realm the scientific research carried out under different projects and PhD works.
Established in 1990, the University of Vigo is a public institution which has managed to consolidate itself in time as a reference of modernity and innovation in Galicia (Spain).
Their activity ranges from the creation of websites specialized in E-learning -that combine teaching units with quiz games or tests- to Flash animations or 3D video. DIvulgare has achieved international awards in numerous Scientist Film Festivals.
Divulgare. Universidade de Vigo.
Disclaimer: This newsletter includes information about activities implemented with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of the European Union, and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.