About us

Created in Brest in 1995, OTRA advises players in the petroleum industry as well as governments, port authorities, communities and international organisations for the preparedness for response and operations to combat accidental marine pollution.

OTRA offers consultancy services in the field of preparedness and response to accidental marine pollution, supported by use of IT technologies for the management of response operations.

OTRA provides the skills and experience of our personnel to governments, communities, institutions and petroleum industries in order to be better prepared through the definition of an efficient emergency response organisation, the training of personnel and appropriate exercises.

OTRA also provides assistance to response operations (response at sea, coastal protection and clean-up, waste treatment, etc.) and offers , thanks to the IT technologies unique and tailored electronic solutions (emergency plans, incident management, operational sensitivity mapping, management of response equipment, waste management).

OTRA in figures:

  • > 25 years of existence
  • is composed by 4 employees
  • > 70 years of cumulated experiences
  • > 20 Oil Spill Contingency Plans (OSCP) developed since 2010
  • > 100 Activities delivered since 2010 in various countries

A global approach for local results

All our activities are carried out :

  • In accordance with international methodologies and standards
  • Taking into account international conventions related to marine oil spills (OPRC 90 Conventions, CLC 92, Fund 92, etc.).
  • In compliance with National legislation and regulations
  • Adapting to clients activities, set up and existing organisation
  • Specific to needs and expectations of our customers
  • Defining operational procedures bes suited to actual characteristics and associated constraints of sites
  • Based on exceptional know-how and response techniques proven by experience.

Emergency response planning is done with the objective of limiting the possible impact of oil spill incidents thanks to an efficient organisation. The management of all aspects of the response, the deployment of best-suited strategies and resources are key to a rapid response and ensure an efficient management of the equipment.

OTRA’s planning approach combines reality on the ground and operational methods and techniques. It is based on the recommendations advocated by the IMO (International Maritime Organisation), IPIECA (Global Association of the International Petroleum Industry for Environmental and Conservation issues) and ITOPF (International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation).

OTRA also provides training and runs exercises, which include the definition and deployment of response strategies and techniques, the deployment and maintenance of oil spill response equipment, the setting up and organisation of work sites, the management of crisis and relations with media , the aerial observation of pollution at sea, the management of compensation issues …

Our objectives:

Ensure that, in the event of an incident, all players know their role and responsibilities perfectly in order to guarantee
a safe, rapid, and effective response using well-suited emergency management and response procedures”

Our Activity arround the world

Our Partners and Clients

Established in 1995 by Jean-Yves Huet, OTRA is a partnership with Le Floch Dépollution, www.leflochdepollution.com , French company specialising in oil spill response, waste management and environmental services.

Project Partners

Some Clients

  • Cedre (France) : Centre of Study, Documentation, Research and Experimentation on accidental pollution
  • ITOPF (U.K.): leading, not-for-profit marine ship pollution response advisers
  • Oil Spill Response Ltd (U.K.): Largest international industry-funded oil spill response cooperative
  • Artelia Group (France) : Consultancy, engineering and project management group specialising in the sectors of building construction, infrastructure, water, industry and environment
  • BRL Ingénierie (France):Consulting firm specialised in water, environment and land-use management
  • Regional projects: IMO/IPIECA Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF), REMPEC (Mediterranean Sea), OSPRI (Black Sea), PERSGA (Red Sea)
  • National authorities: French Environmental agencies (Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Bouches-du-Rhône), Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, South Africa, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya
  • Oil industry: Total EP (over 15 affiliates in the world), YLNG (Yemen), Chevron-Texaco (Angola), Repsol (Angola), Shell Gabon, Rompetrol (Romania), Mabrouk oil operation (Libya), CPC Novorossiysk terminal (Russia)
  • Ports: Douala (Cameroon), Pointe-Noire (Congo), Takoradi (Ghana), Nador (Morocco), Antwerp (Belgium)