Contingency Planning

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Mitigate your risk through effective forward planning

A well thought through contingency plan can reduce the impact of an oil spill through proper oil spill incident management, thus improving response times by ensuring the effective utilisation of key resources.  OTRA uses international best practice for the development of Oil Spill Contingency Plans:

  • Risk Assessment (risk of oil spills, behaviour and fate of the oil, sensitive areas at risk);
  • Strategy plan, based on best-suited oil spill response strategies (including blowout response strategies);
  • Operational plan, providing Incident Management System based organization for the management of the response to oil spill incidents;
  • Response procedures and guidelines;
  • Operating instructions for equipment used for the response.

 Why use OTRA?

Our significant experience in contingency planning for port authorities, national and regional organizations, the oil and shipping industries, as well as  industry associations has moulded our best practice approach to effective planning.

Our plans follow global standards as advocated by international organisations such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) or the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF).

Our work:

  • Workshops with national authorities to review the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan in the framework of the Global initiative for Western and Central Africa: Angola (2003, 2010, 2011), Benin (2000, 2003, 2009), Cameroon (2007, 2009), Cape Verde (2007, 2010), Republic of Congo (2000, 2004, 2006, 2007), Democratic Republic of Congo (2007, 2009, 2012), Ivory Coast (2003, 2008), Gabon (2001, 2006), Ghana (2002), Guinea Conakry (2008), Mauritania (2002, 2004), Namibia (2012, west African regional workshop), Sao-Tome (2008, 2009), Senegal (2003, 2004, 2008, 2011), Togo (2007, 2009);
  • Workshops with national authorities to review the National Oil Spill Contingency Plan in the framework of the Indian Ocean Marine Highway Development: Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar (2010 to 2013);
  • Development of National Oil Spill Contingency Plans: Djibouti (2009), Democratic Republic of Congo (2012), Morocco (on going in 2015);
  • Development of Oil Spill Contingency Plans: Port of Nador (Morocco, 2003), Midia Terminal (Romania, 2009), Total E&P South Africa (2012), Port of Pointe-Noire (Republic of Congo, 2014), Total E&P Libya (2008), Total E&P Angola (2007, 2011 & 2015);
  • Development of a Guide « Preparing and managing an oil spill response plan » for Total Exploration & Production (with support of ITOPF, 2015)