The first Adriatic Conference on Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response ADRIASPILLCON 2010 (1st Adriatic Oil Spill Conference) was held 12-14 May 2010 in Opatija, Croatia. It was dedicated to promoting a dialogue and an exchange of experience and knowledge in the fields of prevention, preparedness for and response to marine oil pollution incidents among the participants from the Adriatic costal States, that is Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia, as well as with their counterparts from other parts of Europe and the Mediterranean
The Conference was organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia, and supported by a number of leading international organizations involved in the protection of the marine environment from pollution from ships, namely the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IMO/UNEP Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF), Centre de documentation, de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux (CEDRE) and the Mediterranean Oil Industry Group (MOIG).
Some 170 experts and representatives of competent national authorities, specialized companies and organizations engaged in marine pollution control from all six countries in the Adriatic region, as well as from other Mediterranean and European countries, attended the Conference. In addition to speakers from six organizations supporting ADRIASPILLCON 2010, other speakers included experts from leading Austrian, Belgian, Croatian, French, Italian and Slovenian technical, scientific and academic institutions engaged in the field of accidental marine pollution preparedness and response.
ADRIASPILLCON 2010 was complemented by an international exhibition in which some 15 exhibitors from a dozen Adriatic, Mediterranean and non-Mediterranean European countries presented their spill response equipment, products and services.
Various comments received by the organizers, OSEC d.o.o. (Oil Spill Education Centre), during and after the Conference suggested that they would like ADRIASPILLCON to become a regular regional event that would provide a forum for exchange of knowledge and experience among the interested parties in the Adriatic region and with their counterparts from other parts of the Mediterranean, Europe and the world.
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The success of and wide international support for the first Adriatic Oil Spill Conference ADRIASPILLCON 2010, held in Opatija, Croatia in May 2010, encouraged us to organize the Second Adriatic Spill Conference, ADRIASPILLCON 2013, again in Opatija, between 14 and 16 May 2013. Moreover, following the suggestions of the participants in the first edition of the Conference it was decided to extend the scope of ADRIASPILLCON 2013 from exclusively oil spills related topics to subjects related to preparedness for and response to both spills of oil and spills of other hazardous and noxious substances (HNS).
The Conference was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia, and a number of most important international, regional and national organizations active in the protection of the marine environment against accidental pollution. These include the International Maritime Organization (IMO), IMO/UNEP Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC), European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF), International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and Centre de documentation, de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux (CEDRE).
The Conference aimed at increasing the efficiency of prevention of, preparedness for and response to accidental pollution of the Adriatic Sea, bearing in mind the objectives of the International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Cooperation (OPRC 90) and its OPRC-HNS Protocol 2000, Barcelona Convention and its Prevention and Emergency Protocol, as well as the existing national, multi-national and regional Contingency Plans.
The principal goal of ADRIASPILLCON 2013 was to facilitate presentation of the latest relevant scientific and technical developments, as well as to provide an opportunity and a forum for sharing the knowledge and experience by national, regional and international institutions, oil, chemical and shipping industries, individual experts, academic community and specialized companies and equipment manufacturers. Despite aiming primarily at the participants from the Adriatic region, ADRIASPILLCON 2013 was also promoting a dialogue among the experts from this region and their counterparts from the rest of Europe and the Mediterranean, who are working in the field of prevention of accidental marine pollution, increasing the preparedness for and, in particular, the efficiency of response to accidental spills of oil and other hazardous and noxious substances.
ADRIASPILLCON 2013 discussed subjects considered to be of particular interest for the Adriatic coastal States, which were divided into three thematic groups:
National and regional arrangements for spill preparedness and response;
Dealing with accidents involving hazardous and noxious substances other than oil (HNS);
Practical, technical and scientific aspects of oil spill response.
The 2013 edition of ADRIASPILLCON was complemented by an exhibition of spill response equipment and products, and presentation of service offered by organizations and companies engaged in the field of oil and HNS spill preparedness and response.
ADRIASPILLCON as a regular triennial event on a professional global stage. We hope that this effort will contribute towards the protection of the Adriatic Sea against especially major marine pollution incidents and to increasing the capability of the coastal States to competently respond to these, thus supporting other joint initiatives of the Adriatic, Mediterranean and European countries.