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Co-funded by European Union Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection
MARINER 5th Quarterly Newsletter - October 2017
From 12th to 14th September Cedre held a workshop in their facilities in Brest to test the training materials developed in the framework of MARINER. The main objectives were to present existing response protocols and equipment, and teach good practice and lessons drawn from incident reviews. The 3-day course included the presentation of e-learning materials related to risk and impact assessment and several tools that are being produced in MARINER, such as the free web-based interactive software that can generate maritime exercise scenarios to support preparedness. 
Past activities
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Training event for Response to Maritime HNS Incidents
The participants in the training course at Cedre in September had the opportunity to watch the preview of the last animation video produced by Divulgare (Universidade de Vigo) in MARINER. This 6-minute film aims at raising awareness on the potential deleterious effects of a chemical spill and on how an adequate response can minimise the impact on the environment and on society. It is now available on Vimeo. 
Awareness Raising Animation Video
On the last day participants were invited to attend a demonstration by a French fire-fighters HNS response team at the beach at Cedre’s facilities.

This workshop was attended by representatives from EMSA, Salvamento Marítimo, CEPPOL, French Navy, Irish Coast Guards, MCA, etc. The documents used for the course will be further improved considering the feedback from the participants and will be publicly available online by the end of this year. We would like to thank again all the attendees for their valuable contributions during the workshop.
Thanks to the funding from the EU Commission Directorate-General Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) in partnership with other relevant organisations in the Baltic conducted the exercise SCOPE 2017 from the 25th to 29th of September. This drill aimed at forging critical national and international cooperation in the Baltic Sea at the event of a maritime incident. The exercise scenario involved a simulated collision between a chemical tanker and an oil tanker, which resulted in heavy fuel oil and ammonia gas leakage in an environmentally sensitive area in Norway’s Telemark County. 

MARINER in SCOPE2017. Langesund. Norway
There were 600 participants coming from 40 organisation located in 45 different countries and 30 vessels. An evaluation team is now identifying lessons learnt and areas of improvement.
We are grateful to the organiser for inviting two members of MARINER (Cedre and INTECMAR) to act as observers during the exercise.

Our partner INTECMAR participated as an observer in the exercise organised by the Spanish General Directorate of Merchant Navy and Salvamento Marítimo in Huelva on October 3rd & 4th. The goal of this exercise was to trial the coordination mechanisms established in the National Response System as well as the efficiency of the equipment and teams to be deployed. All the different levels of the contingency plans were activated (local, provincial, regional and national). One of the scenarios included in the exercise consisted in leakage from a chemical tanker loaded with noxious liquid substances in bulk.
Exercise in Huelva. Spain
Garbiñe Ayensa (INTECMAR) and William  Giraud (Cedre) at SCOPE2017.
This new video follows the concept developed for the video produced in ARCOPOLplatform project in 2015 titled ”How to act in case of a HNS spill?”. 
An Intervention Group formed by an underwater unit of the Fire Brigades and a unit of the Intervention Group on Technological and Environmental Emergencies of the Emergency Military Unit (UME) were responsible for sealing the cargo leaks.
MARINER project will reach the end in less than 3 months and so all project partners are now finalising, retouching, tuning up and double checking all the tools, reports, training courses, videos, etc. that will make the MARINER contribution to a better HNS preparedness and response. The main project results will be:
Ongoing activities
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MARINER, the final countdown 
Final coordination meeting at Cedre. 11th September 2017
• Knowledge Tool: Online user-friendly database gathering relevant information on HNS preparedness and response;
 
• MARINER Platform: Upgraded HNS spill model integrated into a Common Operating Picture;
• Cross border guidelines for HNS environmental impact assessment;
• HNS response protocols, exercises to test the protocols and video; 
• Web based database exercise tool, as well as E-learning materials on exercises and risk assessment to assist users on the functioning of the tool;
 
• Training packages on HNS spill management and on HNS modelling.
All of them will be available on the project website by the end of this year.

MARINER partners are meeting in Vigo on November 21st to showcase the main outputs developed after almost 2 years of fruitful collaboration. Besides presentations from partners, the conference programme includes an afternoon demonstration session for participants to have a closer look at the tools developed in the project. The one-day event will be held at CETMAR and is free. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Click here for the updated version of the programme and the link to the online registration form. 

Coming soon
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MARINER Final Conference. 21st November. Vigo. Spain.
CETMAR, Vigo, Spain.
From 15th to 17th November, Lisbon will host the eighth annual congress on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI) in the Iberian Peninsula. This edition will revolve around the slogan “Contributions for the interoperability and the digital economy”. Having partners from both Spain and Portugal, MARINER will be present at this congress with a talk by INTECMAR titled “INSPIRE in the management of accidental marine pollution response. The Galician case.”
The presentation will elaborate on the importance of having the most detailed and updated information in a quick and understandable way to speed up the management of a maritime crisis by the different actors involved in the response. 
VIII Iberian Spatial Data Infrastructures Congress

INTECMAR will then present the Common Operating Picture (COP) that is being used in the frame of the Marine Contingency Plan of Galicia (Plan Camgal). The creation of this application, based on the sharing of environmental spatial data between different organisations, benefits from the European INSPIRE initiative since this directive encourages the interchange of information and the interoperability between SDIs local, regional and national in an easy and natural way.
Deadline for resgistration: 16th November.
A closer look at MARINER Partners:
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Cedre - Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution
Thanks to the skills of this multidisciplinary team, we are able to offer a wide range of services: response, training, contingency planning, analytical testing and research. Cedre's vocation is to provide services and expertise to French or foreign authorities as well as to private organizations. Its mission covers both marine and inland waters, and involves several types of pollutants, including HNS. Cedre’s innovative facilities and tools are used to carry out a wide range of experiments and studies on behaviour and impact of the pollutants and to train people with real oil.
For almost 40 years, Cedre -Centre for Documentation, Research and Experimentation on accidental water pollution- has been delivering internationally recognized expertise in the field of accidental water pollution. Our fifty-strong team of doctors, engineers and technicians operates across the globe from our base located in Brest, France.
Cedre remains available 24/365 to offer, authorities and industry, technical and scientific assistance either remotely, within crisis command centres or in the field. Cedre was mobilized as technical advisor after several incidents in France and abroad. Moreover, to support the affected coastal States in the response to incidents involving HNS, Cedre is identified as the European focal point of the MAR-ICE network of EMSA. Cedre is also the French national point within the ICE (Intervention in Chemical transport Emergencies) network to provide remote product information and general advice.
Cedre is able to provide information on specific incidents, products and facilities involved and to support the requester with data related to pollutants, risks, sensitivity, response techniques, methods and resources to be used.
Cedre's involvement in the MARINER project is to carry out, as well as INTECMAR, the state of the art of the existing procedures and equipment likely to be implemented in the event of maritime pollution by HNS. Cedre also made use of its strong experience in the field of HNS training to produce course materials and test them throughout a pilot workshop held at Cedre in mid-September this year.

Cedre. Brest. France.
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.