Dr Tim Lunel and Rose Ying were welcomed to the offices of Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) by key oil pollution staff last week. Shenzhen MSA has a clear focus for continually developing the capabilities of their staff in oil spill response and it was a highly interactive morning training session where areas such as response to incidents involving container ships and potential benefits of dispersant use at sea were discussed. Both ITOPF and Shenzhen MSA see this as the first of series of training sessions which will not only result in valuable exchanges on technical topics but also develop the sort of working relationships essential for minimising the impact at any future incidents of oil or chemical pollution along the coast of China.
This opportunity for training was combined with meetings in Beijing to build further links with China MSA in Beijing, the China Maritime Search & Rescue Centre of the Ministry of Transport, National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center, China National Offshore Oil Corp, and China Shipowners' Association. This on-going work to build strong working relations in China emphasises the importance ITOPF places on work on preparedness for spill response in the region.
See Shenzhen MSA website for a report on a visit by ITOPF (in Chinese): http://sz.msa.gov.cn/Applications/Information/NewsView.aspx?infoid=f068e408-781c-420e-8be3-5a37900dbebb