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Oil Spill Response Training

1 May 2024

Government, Press Release

Collaborative Disaster Management Training

In March 2024, representatives from AIG, in collaboration with RAF, Mitie Defence, Encompass, and Yang Enterprises, undertook a critical 3-week Oil Spill Response Training, following the arrival of essential equipment funded by the UK Government.  This program, crucial for our disaster management capabilities, was expertly delivered by Senior Trainer and Consultant, Harry Jolly and Marine Project Specialist, Arron McNicholas from Ambipar Response.

Training Overview

  • Level 1: Practical training for frontline responders in port and shoreline cleanup.
  • Level 2: Tactical training for incident command support roles.
  • Level 3: Strategic management training for overseeing and managing incidents effectively.

An impressive 10% of our population is now equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to respond effectively to oil spills, minimising the impact to our marine environment.

This collaborative effort will continue as we work towards developing our Island’s Oil Spill Contingency Plan.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Vikoma and Ambipar Response for conducting this specialised training and to the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) via the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) for their support and funding enabling this training to take place.

“Ambipar Response are extremely proud to have been involved in developing the capability and competency amongst AIG personnel and stakeholders in regards to preparing for, responding to, and managing marine oil spill incidents.

During our time on island, it was evident that AIG and associated stakeholders are taking proactive steps in line with industry best practice to develop their understanding of and skill sets relating to marine oil spill response, ensuring resilience is built amongst all agencies at an operational, tactical and strategic level.

Throughout all three levels of course the delegates were inquisitive, energetic, and polite, engaging with all theoretical and practical elements delivered. The delegates asked a variety of questions during delivery of the materials and outside of the formal classroom and field setting.

We would like to note our sincere thanks to AIG for their support in facilitating the course delivery during our stay on the island. In addition, our thanks also extend to the staff at Two Boats Club for their assistance and hospitality during the theoretical training days held at the venue.

Everyone was a credit to their relevant organisation, and we would welcome the opportunity to work further with all agencies we engaged with throughout the training programme” – Harry Jolly, Senior Response Consultant and Trainer.