UK-based Oil Spill Response (OSRL) has signed a letter of cooperation with France’s Centre for Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre) to strengthen operational level collaboration, and to increase personnel and knowledge sharing across a range of areas related to spill preparedness and response.
The deal formalises and reaffirms the two organisation’s commitment to maintain high levels of operational cooperation.
Described as primarily operational in nature, the agreement will focus on advancing technology, training, and good practice approaches when dealing with oil spills.
OSRL CEO Robert Limb said: “The signing of this agreement is an important step towards an increased level of cooperation between our organisations.
“It is a significant development for OSRL’s members and will facilitate advances in our understanding and approach to dealing with a spill by combining our collective experience, research and technical capabilities in this area.”
The letter of cooperation outlines the ways the two organisations will work together and details the specific areas contained in the agreement.
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Under the deal, the companies will share technical knowledge, as well as train in-house and OSRL members.
The companies will also jointly develop best-practice principles, including technical studies and contingency planning.
They will also carry out research to identify new technologies and improved operational methods.
Cedre director Stephane Doll said: “The signing of this letter of cooperation is an important landmark for CEDRE as it is the first building block in the bridge both organisations will strive to develop and consolidate.”
OSRL is wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies worldwide. The organisation responds to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, providing preparedness, response and intervention services.