Interspill 2012, the European oil spill conference and exhibition, took place over 3 hectic days, after opening in London, on 13 March 2012. The event saw over 1300 delegates, visitors and exhibitors attend, from over 70 countries, it was the most successful event so far in the Interspill series since it started in 2000.
The conference attracted over 440 delegates and speakers, who were joined by over 400 visitors and over 500 exhibitors. The event was co-located with Oceanology International, at Excel, in London’s Docklands, and many of the record 7000+ visitors to Oceanology* spilled over into the Interspill Exhibition.
The Conference was opened by Glyn Humphries, Chairman of Interspill 2012, who introduced keynote speaker, Sir Allan Massey CBE KCB, Chief Executive of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Archie Smith, Chief Executive of OSRL, the permanent sponsor of the event concluded the Opening Plenary session.
Chris Morris, the Chairman of the Interspill Steering Committee, said that “the development of a new strategy for this event, bringing together Conference and Exhibition, with use of Workshops and Seminars on the Exhibition floor, contributed to the success of the event, but also to a sense of greater cooperation between the different interests. This is essential to achieve the networking that this group depends on to deal with the emergencies that arise. Whilst the lessons of Deepwater Horizon were addressed in the Offshore Forum at Interspill, the minds of delegates, visitors and exhibitors were also clearly focussed on dealing with current and future risks, both Offshore, and with more traditional oil spills.”
The next Interspill event will be held in 2015, and a venue will be announced later in 2012. Proceedings of the Conference, Workshops and Seminars will be published shortly on the Interspill website www.interspill.org.
The scope of the event reflects the strength and breadth of the Organising Committee, which includes the European Spill industry trade organisations, the European Maritime Safety Agency, (EMSA), the International Petroleum Industry Environment & Conservation Association, (IPIECA), with support from the International Maritime Organization, (IMO), International Oil Pollution Convention Funds, (IOPC), the International Tanker Owners Federation (ITOPF) and France’s Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE).
In addition, the event was also supported by the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency and CEFAS, the UK Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. Interspill is controlled by the European Spill industry associations, from Norway, NOSCA, from France, SYCOPOL, Eurospill and UKSpill, together with EMSA and IPIECA. Oil Spill Response Ltd. is the permanent sponsor of the event.
* Viewers can read on Oceanology our reporting dated 26 March 2012