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26 - 27 May 2016


The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the framework of the “Sustainable Oil and Gas Development in Lebanon (SODEL)” Project, has organized a specialized training course on “International Maritime Organization (IMO) Level 3 - Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC)” for Senior Managers and Government Administrators involved in oil spill response in Lebanon. The course was delivered by an international consultant on the 26th and 27th of May 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut.

The workshop targeted senior officials usually involved in oil spill response and management. The course was attended by stakeholders from all relevant governmental and non-governmental entities including the Lebanese Army Forces, Coast Guard, Oil Installations, the Disaster Risk Management Unit as well as ministries of foreign affairs, environment, industry, justice, energy and water, interior and municipalities, and public works and transport, as well as, the Red Cross.

This typical IMO course aimed to build capacities of the diversified stakeholders to be involved in oil spill contingency planning towards the proper implementation of the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. It covered an understanding of the properties of oil and its behavior at sea, as well as the environmental and economic effects of spilled oil, the contingency planning process, response strategies, and the incident command system commonly adopted. It also included a simulation exercise, where various spill scenarios were assessed by participants for selection of adequate response strategies.

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