Nassau, The Bahamas, LJM Maritime Academy

December 13 – 16, 2016

This regional workshop was organized in accordance with RAC/REMPEITC-Caribe’s proposal to IMO’s Technical Co-operation Committee for the Center’s activities of the 2015-2017 biennium.

The objective of the four- day workshop was to provide training on oil spill preparedness and contingency planning, as well as developing hands-on working knowledge of the use, and advantages of the ARPEL Manual and Readiness Evaluation Tool for Oil Spills (RETOS™) in analyzing and identifying gaps in national oil spill preparedness and response programs throughout the wider Caribbean Region (WCR).

Significant information was gathered during this workshop regarding the status of the oil spill preparedness and response programs of the following participant countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Grenada, Guatemala, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Panama.

During the workshop, senior maritime representatives of each participant country were able to conduct assessments of their respective national oil spill preparedness and response programs, national response systems, and national contingency plans by using simple table top exercises and RETOS™.

Each participant also departed the workshop with the outline components of a strategic plan framework that can be directly used for implementing improvement plans for building capacity and making needed changes.

You can find activity report

> IMO Regional Workshop on Oil Spill Contingency Planning