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N° 200 E – News from March 2012
Issue 200 of the Cedre Newsletter
  Created in June 1995, the Cedre Newsletter celebrates its 200th issue, after 17 years of existence. Geared towards Cedre's partners and spill response professionals, its readership has expanded over the years. While 150 copies were originally printed, today the newsletter has over 1500 subscribers for the French version and 300 for the English version. The shift from a printed version, phased out in 2007, to an electronic newsletter largely contributed to this progress. We would like to thank all our readers who regularly express their interest in this publication.
Emergency response
  In addition to follow-up of the response to the grounding of the TK Bremen, the Emergency Response team was particularly busy this month. Several ORSEC POLMAR-Land, maritime and crisis management exercises involved Cedre: on the coast of the Manche area, in Mayotte and off the coast of Cotentin. Two field missions by the pilot response and training team (EPIF) were conducted, one following the pollution of a river in Finistère and the other following the grounding of a fishing vessel on the coast of Batz Island. In terms of response actions, while the Emergency Response Department responded to an enquiry from a fire brigade fighting a fire in a barn where fertilisers were stored on a farm, it more importantly began more complex assistance following a major gas and condensate leak affecting the Elgin wellhead platform in the North Sea, 240 km east of Aberdeen (Scotland).
In short


►On 13th: session 1 of the basic CEPPOL pollution response course, 18 participants

►From 19th to 21st, "Aerial observation of pollution at sea" training course, session 1, 17 participants

►From 26th to 30th, "Shoreline response" training course, 15 participants.



► Operational Guide on manufactured spill response booms (French only, English translation available soon)

96 p. Price: €36.30

Available upon request from the Resource Centre.

This guide provides an overview of the main equipment available on the market. It will be complemented by a guide on "custom-made" spill response booms.
TK Bremen: shoreline clean-up operations come to a close

On 16 December 2011, the bulk carrier TK Bremen ran aground on a beach in Erdeven (Morbihan, France), where it lost part of its bunker fuel which polluted the beach and the eastern shore of the Ria d'Etel. Cedre was immediately mobilised by the land authorities for the initial clean-up phase, during which three agents were present on site. The final clean-up phase on Kerminihy Beach and the shore of the ria, which began on 26 December 2011, came to an end in March. In agreement with the local authorities, this phase, for which the organisational set-up was put forward by Cedre, led us to conduct many surveys on the ria, to propose clean-up methods and levels of cleaning to be achieved, to keep a written record of the start of clean-up operations on each site and ultimately of the end of operations upon agreement of all parties involved. This resulted in 23 daily mission reports, 7 weekly summary reports, 12 records of the start and end of operations on clean-up sites and 4 technical notes being drawn up.

Cedre Information Day

The 17th Cedre Information Day was held on 20 March at INHESJ on the theme of spill and illegal discharge detection. Over sixty people with various backgrounds (administrations, companies) attended the series of conferences and took part in the question and answer sessions at the end. Following an overview of the background work conducted by Cedre in this area, spill detection techniques at the water surface by satellite and by aircraft used routinely were presented. The second part of the morning was devoted to innovations in the field of remote detection with the presentation of new tools which are currently undergoing research and experimentation. The afternoon was the opportunity to expand horizons with presentations on aerial surveillance in Belgian waters, the European satellite surveillance network CleanSeaNet and finally subsea oil detection during the Deepwater Horizon spill. The presentations given are available on our website. In 2013, our Information Day will be devoted to drift modelling of slicks and overboard containers.

Learning Guide "Understanding Chemical Pollution at Sea"  

In the field of accidental marine pollution, chemical shipping is a real threat. The chemical industry is at the hub of the global economy and requires major flows of goods from production sites to consumption areas. The volumes shipped are currently on the rise, with maritime chemical transport having more than tripled in the past 20 years. Based on the observation that no educational guide existed worldwide on chemical spills at sea, Transport Canada supported Cedre in the production of a learning guide on this issue. The research, writing and illustration work carried out resulted in the production of a 93-page book and 2 posters on "Chemical incidents" and "Response techniques". To pursue this work further, a website on this question will be available by the end of the year. Meanwhile, you can order the book in English or French at www.cedre.fr

Interspill 2012 Conference and Exhibition

The conference and exhibition Interspill 2012 was held at ExCeL Exhibition Centre London from 13 to 15 March. Like in 2006, the event was run alongside Oceanology International, the global ocean forum. The show attracted many visitors, with 1,300 participants from 70 countries and the exhibition space had expanded in relation to past years with over 110 exhibitors. Cedre was present in the French pavilion alongside the Sycopol industry representatives and was also involved in the conference programme, offering presentations on several subjects and organising five scientific workshops. This event was the opportunity to make or renew contacts, which should lead to future collaboration on many different projects.

13th IMO OPRC-HNS Technical Group meeting

Cedre took part in the 13th IMO OPRC-HNS Technical Group meeting in London from 5th to 9th March. This meeting gathered 27 delegations and a dozen observers and NGOs and was chaired by Alexander von Buxhoeveden (Sweden). This group writes or revises several of IMO's guides. France and Canada are coordinating the revision of the guide on dispersant use. Transport Canada and Cedre presented the learning guide "Understanding Chemical Pollution at Sea", the result of their collaboration. Cedre also presented its new flume tank, or Polludrome, and its ecotoxicology test bench. Furthermore, the group launched discussions on the revision of IMO's model training courses. Finally, among the various incidents and spills presented at this meeting, we note the feedback from the grounding of the container ship M/V Rena on a reef off the coast of New Zealand. We remind readers that Maritime New Zealand hosted an observer from Cedre at the beginning of response operations.


GI WACAF workshop in Gabon

Within the framework of the GI WACAF, IMO and IPIECA organised, in collaboration with Gabon's Directorate-General of the Environment and Nature Protection, the first workshop/exercise to test and improve the country's national contingency plan for response to oil and HNS spills, developed in 2008. Over 120 public and private participants met on 19 March in Libreville then from 20th to 23rd in Port Gentil for 3 days of theory training, a tabletop exercise and a full-scale exercise combining a tabletop exercise and equipment deployment. Various presentations were made by national experts and two engineers from the Cedre Contingency Planning team within the framework of the GI WACAF project. The specific objectives of this workshop were fully achieved with the training of key players in the organisational and operational aspects of response to oil or HNS spills: pollutant behaviour, response at sea, response on land, waste management, slick detection, dispersion, information gathering, decision support systems, communication and compensation. Industry-Government collaboration was remarkable and contributed to the unquestionable success of this workshop/exercise which will without a doubt provide the Gabonese Government with an efficient, operational national contingency plan once it has been updated.

Training of port officers and auxiliaries

For the second year running, Cedre contributed to the course on "Incident response techniques and emergency response organisation", organised by CNFPT Bretagne for port officers and auxiliaries along the French coastline. The three sessions this year each involved around 15 participants and were run on 14, 15 and 27 March in Vannes.

LPO celebrates its 100th anniversary

LPO is celebrating its 100th anniversary and to do so is organising a whole host of events (see here). On the 28th, Cedre took part in a conference and debate organised by the Ile Grande ornithological centre (Côtes-d'Armor) on the theme of marine oil pollution. A forty-strong audience came to hear the speakers (in addition to LPO and Cedre, Vigipol and LPO's lawyer were present). Most of the questions raised concerned the repression of illegal discharge along the coast. LPO also presents feedback from several past spills at sea on its website.

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