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    Oil spill response conference

    News // January 18, 2002
    The Third R&D Forum - High-density Oil Spill Response will take place 11-13 March 2002, organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

    The full programme for the forum, to be held in Brest, France from 11-13 March 2002, is now available from IMO.

    The Forum, which will examine research and development of new technology in oil spill response, particularly regarding spills of high density or heavy oils like bunker oil, is being organised by IMO in co-operation with French authorities. The Forum is co-sponsored by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, United States, the European Commission, IPIECA and ITOPF.

    A number of accidents - including the Nakhodka in 1997 or the Erika in 1999 and, more recently, the Baltic Carrier - have highlighted the need for the international maritime community to look in depth at how coastal States can respond effectively to high-density oil spills.

    The Forum will therefore focus on practical issues relating to pollution by high-density oils, including the following main topics: detection and drift modelling; behaviour and weathering in the water; containment and recovery of floating oil; recovery of sunken oil.

    For more information on the Forum please refer to the programme - which can be downloaded from the IMO web site - Click on the Forum logo from the home page.

    Registration forms can also be downloaded from the web site for the Forum and related events.

    The deadline for registration is 31 January 2002.

    For further information, please contact: Mr T Liebert, International Maritime Organisation, 4 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SR, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 (0)20 7735 7611; Fax +44 (0)20 7587 3210. E-mail:

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