The course is designed for the operational staff who are responsible for pollution emergency response and they will deploy the available means in order to recover the spill at sea, to protect sensitive areas and to clean-up the affected shoreline.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend accidental spills
  • Categorize spill processes and their effects
  • Determine environmental principles and spill impacts
  • Recognise organization and operational procedures
  • Define spill response options, their application methods and operational issues
  • Identify health and safety hazards
  • Exercise lessons learnt throughout the practical part
  • Perform assigned tasks during practical sessions, demonstrations and drill


  • Oil spill’s causes, types and case histories
  • Behaviour and fate of an oil spill
  • Environmental sensitivity and impacts
  • International legislation and response organisation
  • Containment and recovery session
  • Dispersants session
  • In-situ burning session
  • Shoreline protection and clean-up session
  • Health and safety principles and operational issues
  • Field exercises

The standard length of the course is 24h (3 days).

Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended for the delegates to have undergone an introductory course or have prior experience in oil spill response.

Delegates will receive certification under NI International Scheme. The certification is valid for three (3) years and can be renewed by attending a Refresher course.