October 02 – 05, 2017
Summary: This regional workshop was organized in accordance with RAC/REMPEITC Caribe’s proposal to IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee for the Center’s activities of the 2016-2017 biennium and was attended by thirty nine government maritime representatives from The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
In following Article 6 of OPRC, the workshop aimed at building capacity for Parties in: establishing, either individually or through bilateral or multilateral cooperation, and in co-operation with the oil and shipping industries, port authorities and other relevant entities: minimum levels of pre-positioned oil spill combating equipment; programs of exercises and training; detailed plans and communication capabilities for responding; and mechanisms or arrangements to co-ordinate a response and the capabilities to mobilize the necessary resources.
The overall output of the workshop: 1) provided support information on the assessment, identification and acquisition of oil spill response equipment for consideration by participant countries when determining what, if any, spill response capability should be acquired; 2) provided information to assist wider Caribbean Region countries in developing and implementing national and regional exercise programs; 3) generated national and regional information and lessons learned that can be incorporated into future revisions of the Wider Caribbean Island OPRC Plan and Central; and 4) emphasized the importance of regional coordination and communication for oil spill preparedness and response.
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