In collaboration with the National Focal Point in Egypt, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency “EEAA” PERSGA organized a national workshop at EMARSGA during the period May 27th - 29th 2013 on oil spill risk assessment. About 35 specialists from different stakeholders in the oil shipping and production industry participated in the workshop. In addition to speakers representing the different stakeholders and PERSGA two more facilitators from the Arab Academy of Technology and Maritime Transport were invited. The workshop was highly interactive and presentations covered a wide range of topics including the principles of conducting risk assessment and risks at oil production facilities, ports and the Suez Canal. Presentations covered also risks of oil spills on sensitive habitats and protected areas and the role of military forces in controlling oil pollution in Egyptian territorial waters and EEZ. Half a day on introduction to the CAMEO package has also been provided.
The workshop comes as a part of series of national workshops that PERSGA is organizing in the countries to enhance preparedness for oil spill contingency. This has started as a part of the mandate of the Centre of Emergency Mutual Aid in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden “EMARSGA” and after having the Centre well established and fully operational. A series of national contingency planning workshops according to OPRC IMO standards are carried out in all PERSGA member states. Two workshops OPRC L1 and L2 have so far been carried out in Djibouti I 2010 and 2011 respectively. More OPRC L2 national workshops have been carried out in Sudan in Jordan during 2011 and 2012. These training workshops are twofold objectives: preparedness and response training; and updating of the National Contingency Plans. In Egypt and upon request of the national specialists the workshop was on risk assessment as OPRC L2 are provided regularly
The workshop ended with a number of recommendations emphasizing public awareness and outreach as a strong tool in combating small routinely happening oil spill incidents and on adopting suitable measures to eliminates such incidents.