SBOIL attended the International Oil spill Conference

The International Oil Spill conference (IOSC) is the largest and oldest oil spill conference in the world. Held every 3rd year, IOSC 2017 ran from 15 May to 18 May at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California. IOSC 2017 was the largest one yet with 1,600 participants, 200+ papers and 60+ posters presented during the conference, as well as 50+ exhibitiors, and a film and photo exhibition. Dr Jonas Pålsson attended as the WMU SBOIL project coordinator. He attended the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) Basics course, to assess the potential use of this worldwide best practice method in the SBOIL exercise planned for 2018. Dr Jonas Pålsson also presented his paper on Comparing Swedish oil spill preparedness to regional countries using the RETOS evaluation tool during the first session after the plenary. The paper described the first time the RETOS evaluation tool was used in the Baltic Sea Region and Dr Pålsson presented a method to statistically compare the results and was well received, with many questions and follow up discussion after the session ended. Dr Pålsson also presented his poster Limitations of the Swedish coordination capacity for large oil spills during the Meet the Poster Authors event, receiving encouraging comments on the methodology for mapping out the stakeholder networks. 

All presentations will be available from later this year.


OSRL hired by SBOIL

WMU and the SBOIL project are pleased to announce that after a comprehensive Best Value for Money evaluation and analysis, it was decided to award the SBOIL oil spill exercise contract to Oil Spill Response Ltd.

One of the tasks in SBOIL will be to train the regional oil spill response managers in a tabletop exercise scheduled for 2018.

This procurement has ensured the Best Value for Money (BVM) by applying a weighted scoring system. The award of the contract was made to the supplier whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive, compliant and acceptable and b) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria. A technical evaluation committee comprising subject matter experts both internally and externally was setup to review the technical proposals on their individual capacity and the financial tenders were reviewed by the Procurement and Contracts Officer.

WMU and the SBOIL project looks forward to working together with such a world renowned oil spill expert organization as Oil Spill Response Ltd. The picture Shows a View from the libary at WMUHQ in Malmö and the 2016 release of the IMO Guidance on International Offers of Assitance in Response to a Marine Oil Pollution Incident.