ITOPF was invited to participate in a seminar in Argentina organised by P&I correspondents, Pandi Liquidadores, in cooperation with the Argentine Coast Guard (Prefectura Naval Argentina) from 8-9 May. The aim of the seminar was to raise awareness of marine pollution issues including environmental damage and monitoring, contingency planning, claims handling and compensation amongst public and private enterprises in the region. Dr Karen Purnell, Miguel Patel, Anne Reglain and Pauline Marchand gave presentations on behalf of ITOPF, alongside staff from the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) and the IOPC Funds. The talks generated plenty of questions and interesting discussions from the 250-strong audience of lawyers, OSROs, shipowners, oil companies and representatives from the maritime authorities of Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. The workshop that followed the seminar was organised by ITOPF/IG and the Argentine Coast Guard and included ITOPF's desktop spill response and claims exercise involving the application of a range of response resources to an example spill scenario. Karen also took the opportunity whilst in Argentina to visit three of our shipowner Members.
Categories: Americas, Training & Education