Over 200 maritime industry professionals gather at International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition 2017

26 April 2017

Four-day event to delve into preparedness and response strategies
for oil and chemical spills

The International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) returned for its 10th edition this year, with over 200 maritime industry professionals expected to gather for four days of networking and discussions on preparedness and response strategies for oil and chemical spills, from 25 April to 28 April 2017.


2     Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2017, the biennial event held its opening ceremony earlier this morning, with Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of MPA as the Guest Of Honour.


3     Mr Niam said, “While global oil and chemical spill incidence rates have declined since the 1970s, vigilance remains key, and all the more so given their transboundary impact”. ICOPCE, along with other SMW events, provides the industry with the perfect platform for sharing of global best practices, towards safer and cleaner waters worldwide.”


4     Themed “Keeping Pace with a New Era in Marine Environment Protection”, ICOPCE will present a host of sessions where international and local maritime experts will shed light on their experience with spill response, hazardous cargo operations, as well as preparedness insights on container and mega ships.


5     Prominent industry veterans speaking at the conference include Mr Jonathan Evans, ExxonMobil’s Managing Director of International Marine Transportation Singapore, Pte Ltd., Refining & Supply who will deliver a keynote address on “Protecting Tomorrow Today - Preventing Maritime Incidents and Responding with a No Regrets Principle”. Additionally, Mr Brian Sullivan, Executive Director of International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) will share another keynote entitled “Underlining Shipping’s Role in Safe Transportation and Global Environment”.


6     Alongside the conference sessions, eight local and international corporations will showcase capabilities ranging from spill response technologies and emergency response solutions, to spill related marine and offshore services, at the ICOPCE 2017 Exhibition.


Announcement at ICOPCE 2017


7     In line with efforts to enhance emergency preparedness and response, MPA and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) today announced a three-year extension to the memorandum of understanding for an agreed schedule of rates for clean-up operations according to the types of vessels and equipment used in responding to pollution incidents. With the renewed agreement, disagreements will be minimised, and claims settlements expedited.


ChemSpill exercise to be staged

 

8     On 28 April, multiple stakeholders – including government agencies, ship operators and emergency response teams – will come together for a joint chemical spill exercise that will test and demonstrate Singapore’s readiness and capabilities in the event of such an occurrence.


The International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference was officially opened by Mr Niam Chiang Meng

MPA signed MOU with the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) on oil spill response equipment and vessel rates in Singapore. MOU was signed by MPA's Ag Dir Ops/Portmaster, Capt Kevin Wong & Mr Richard Johnson, Tech Director, ITOPF and witnessed by Capt Segar, Asst Chief Executive (Operations), MPA.