Profile of Courses

OPRC Level 0. Introductory Level

This Course that is equivalent to IMO Model Course 4.01, provides a general introduction to oil spill incidents, their consequences and available response options .


Course Content

  • Overview of oil spills

  • Fate and behaviour

  • Impacts of oil spills

  • International legislation

  • Response preparedness

  • Risk Exercise

  • Oil spill response techniques

  • Preparedness exercise


Entry Requirements

No compulsory entry requirements exist for this level, however, it will be beneficiary for the delegates who have collected credits in advance through our pay-as-you-go system.

OPRC Level 1. First Responder

The course is equivalent to IMO Model Course 4.02, will provide the participants the basic knowledge for the oil characteristics and its weathering process in the marine environment in order to be able to plan a clean-up operation by using the available response technics , by selecting relevant equipment and managing spill response teams during clean up. Table-top exercises that have been developed from real-life incidents will introduce them into the difficulties usually faced upon a response operation and will give them the necessary skills to participate successfully in a response operation


Course Content

  • Introduction – Safety issues

  • Fate and behaviour

  • Impacts of oil spills

  • Principles of Incident Management

  • Health and Safety

  • Oil spill response techniques

  • At Sea Response (video and presentation)

  • Dispersants

  • Boom containment and protection

  • Skimmers

  • Temporary Storage

  • In situ burning

  • Using sorbents

  • Exercise and Demonstration

  • Shoreline Assessment and Evaluation

  • Shoreline clean up techniques

  • Shoreline assessment site set up

  • Shoreline clean up techniques

  • Shoreline Types and Techniques

  • Exercise and Demonstration of Shoreline Equipment

  • Stockpile visit

  • Implementing waste management

  • Waste management

  • Post Incident operations


Entry Requirements

It would be an advantage for delegates to have some knowledge on oil spill response issues either by attending OPRC Level 0 course or by collecting credits through our pay-as-you-go system.

OPRC Level 2. Supervisor / On-scene Commander

This course, that is equivalent to IMO Model Course 4.03, is designed for all personnel or individuals that will lead a response operation as well as those that will support the response teams within an incident command center. The participants will be guided to undertake an initial assessment, report and make decisions for the selection of  safe and effective response options for at-sea and on-shore operations amongst other issues like waste magements, media handling and the decision of when enough is enough in order to terminate a response operation.


Course Content

  • Course introduction

  • Introduction to oil spills

  • Sources and impacts

  • Overview of contingency planning and preparedness

  • Participant presentation

  • Principles of incident management

  • Incident Management Systems

  • Response tools

  • Fate and behaviour of oil

  • Environmental Impacts

  • Observation and remote sensing

  • Aerial observation

  • Salvage considerations

  • Containment and recovery

  • Use of dispersants

  • In Situ burning

  • At Sea Response

  • Implementing response strategy (sea)

  • Shoreline assessment and clean up

  • Shoreline clean up

  • Oil spill response in fast waters

  • Oil spill response in ice

  • Oiled wildlife management

  • Archaeological and Cultural Resources

  • Health and safety considerations

  • Logistical and Decontamination Issues

  • Implementing Response Strategy (Shoreline - Part 1)

  • Waste Management and Disposal

  • Waste Management

  • Communication and media

  • Response termination criteria

  • Post incident operations

  • Post-Incident Administrative Issues

  • Oil Spill Compensation

  • Implementing Response Strategy (Shoreline - Part 2)


Entry Requirements

It would be an advantage for delegates to have completed the OPRC Level 1 course or to have collected credits through our pay-as-you-go system

OPRC Level 3: Administrator and Senior Manager

This course that is equivalent to IMO Model Course 4.04, is for senior managers and regulators that their positions implies that will get involved in the planning, prevention, or response of an oil spill response incident. The participants will be introduced to the complexities of an oil spill incident and including the political and media pressures on top of the environmental, as well as the legal and financial implications that arise during and after a spill incident.


Course Content

  • Introduction to the course and safety issues

  • Introduction to oil spills

  • Introduction to work of the IMO

  • The legal framework

  • Oil spill response and preparedness

  • Preparedness Review

  • Technical tools for Planning and Response

  • Assessment of spill risks

  • Impact of spills

  • Oil spill response options

  • Places of refuge and salvage considerations

  • Risk assessment

  • Selecting the appropriate response strategy

  • Planning and co-operation

  • Strategic directions and policies

  • Roles and responsibilities

  • Leadership during an emergency

  • Incident Management Systems

  • Termination of response

  • Incident Management Exercise

  • Managing information

  • Internal communication requirements

  • External communication requirements

  • Communications Exercise

  • The International compensation regime

  • Admissible claims

  • Claims and compensation preparation

  • Strategy Exercise

  • Review

  • Development of an action plan


Entry Requirements

It would be an advantage for delegates to have completed the OPRC Level 2 course or to have collected credits through our pay-as-you-go system

Maritime Cyber Security

  • Maritime cyber security definition as per IMO and other international/EU bodies;

  • Type of cyber-attacks;

  • Security measures – how to implement;

  • Marine and Maritime related real-life scenarios and case studies

Energy Efficient Operation of Ships

  • The climate change and the reaction of international/EU regulatory bodies

  • Regulations implementation from an operational perspective

  • Energy Efficiency Management Plans and Systems

  • Compliance issues.

Training on IMO Search And Rescue Convention, 1979 and amendments

  • Structure of the Convention;

  • Obligation on the Contracting Parties;

  • Operation and Cooperation;

Training on IMO Conventions covering Liability and Compensation

 •             Overview providing an understanding of IMO Conventions; obligation of Contracting Parties and ship owners/companies including liability and compensation:

•             International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC), 1969;

•             1992 Protocol to the International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (FUND 1992);

•             Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea (PAL), 1974;

•             Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims (LLMC), 1976;

•             International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS), 1996 (and its                   2010 Protocol);

•             International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001;

•             Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007.

IMO HNS Incident Management

  • Introduction to HNS Response;

  • Legislation;

  • Chemical Substances;

  • HNS Transportation;

  • Response:

  1. Key Components of an Emergency Response System

  2. Response Organisation

  3. Response Methods

  4. Response Methods – HNS Releases

  5. Health and Safety

  6. Decontamination

  7. Disposal

  • Post-Operational Activity;

  • Media Awareness;

  • Contingency Planning;

  • Case History – Discussion;

  • Exercise.

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships development (digitalisation and automation)

  •  Overview of the technological developments enabling ship automation: Robotic, Big data, Machine learning;

  • Practical examples of digitalisation/automation in ship operation (navigation, propulsion, safety…);

  • Different levels of automation and their practical application;

  • Digitalisation and automation regulatory impact;

  • Impact on cyber security;

  • Automation ship technology and business model;

  • Impact on the human element.

Hazardous Material Carriage Course

  • The International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code as applicable to the carriage of dangerous goods on Vessels;

  • IBC, ICG, IMSBC Codes and MARPOL;

  • Characteristics and hazards of dangerous goods, and regulations governing their transport;

  • Classification of dangerous goods; shipping under UN signaling;

  • Packing, marking, labelling and placarding of dangerous goods and marine pollutants;

  • Shipping papers, dangerous goods manifest and other documentation;

  • Stowage and segregation on board;

  • Transport of dangerous goods in Containers;

  • Emergency Response Procedure (EmS Guide) and Medical First Aid Guide (MFAG);

  • The real-life use of IMDG Code.

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