Earlier this month, Dr Mark Whittington travelled to Rio de Janeiro to support a Gard P&I Club Outreach programme event for state and federal authorities. This included presentations introducing the role of P&I Clubs and ITOPF and a theoretical spill scenario set within Guanabara Bay that examined the roles of the various government authorities, industry and the P&I Clubs in the event of a large spill. The meeting generated open and honest discussions amongst participants on pollution response issues and some of the challenges that remain in developing a comprehensive response capability.
Whilst in Brazil, Mark was invited to talk to the Women's International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) (pictured) on preparedness and contingency planning. The presentation was made to an audience of around 55 representatives from the shipping industry, legal professions and government with video links to port authorities and representatives of the fishing communities