West MOPoCo HNS response manual progress – OTSOPA meeting 27/05/2020

Presentation by Cedre of progress made with ISPRA and ITOPF Ltd. on the development of the Interregional HNS response manual during OTSOPA 2020 meeting.

Within the framework of the West MOPoCo project, Cedre presented the progress made on the Marine HNS Response Manual during the Bonn Agreement OTSOPA meeting on 27th May. The Bonn Agreement delegations showed a marked interest in the provision of this document and the meeting offered the opportunity for very interesting and constructive discussions.

This operational document, drafted jointly by CEDRE, ISPRA and ITOPF Ltd., has an inter-regional scope between the Barcelona Convention in the Mediterranean, the Helsinki Convention for the Baltic Sea and the Bonn Agreement in the Greater North Sea and its approaches. Members of these conventions have been consulted at each step of the development of the guide, first presented to the Mediterranean Focal Points of REMPEC on 13 June 2019 in Floriana, Malta, then in the Baltic to HELCOM Response Group meeting on 28 February 2020 in Vejle, Denmark. The completed version will be presented during MEDEXPOL technical workshop on 27-28 October 2020 in Monaco.