TIP 16: Contingency planning for marine oil spills
19 May 2014
An effective response to a spill of oil is dependent to a great extent on the preparedness of the organisations and individuals involved. This can be greatly enhanced by developing and maintaining a plan to address all likely contingencies. The process of producing a contingency plan provides the opportunity to identify roles and responsibilities and to define response strategies and operational procedures without the intense pressures that inevitably arise at the time of a spill.
This Technical Information Paper outlines the typical format and content of contingency plans for response to ship-source spills and highlights the key steps required for an effective plan.