Feasibility study for the development of a software tool to support Member States on oil pollution response operations at sea
This report is the result of an external study to evaluate the feasibility of the development of an enhanced tool to support Member States in their preparedness and operational decision-making process of mobilising and deploying oil pollution response resources at sea. The main goal of this project is to gather information on existing tools to evaluate the feasibility of the development of an enhanced IT system and to define its functional and technical requirements.
In order to provide additional support to the EU Member States’ pollution response mechanisms in a cost efficient way, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) operates, in European waters, a range of pollution response services consisting of a Network of Standby Oil Spill Response Vessels, the Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) including specialised stand-alone equipment arrangements, as well as dispersant stockpiles. In addition the Agency is tasked to support Member States in case of marine incidents involving chemicals. Since 2009, EMSA is providing expert advice fohazardous and noxious substances (HNS) through its MAR-ICE Network.
To achieve the level of performance for pollution response required by the Agency, the contracted services have to perform regular training, drills, Equipment Condition Tests and exercises.