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9 May 2011

New oil spill contingency training in northern Norway

PRESS RELEASE: NOFO and Eni Norge have entered into a joint agreement with the Nordkapp Maritime Training Centre and the Norwegian Fire Protection Training Institute to provide training in oil spill response operations. -The two northern Norwegian expert centres didn’t have to be asked twice to accept this challenge from the oil industry. It will be a major boost to our contingency strategies to see these organisations joining forces and getting quickly to grips with the job of training oil contingency personnel, says Sjur W. Knudsen, Managing Director at the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO).

The Nordkapp Maritime Training Centre and the Norwegian Fire Protection Training Institute will work together to develop and implement a new and unique training programme addressing several aspects of oil spill contingency activities. The parties signed the letter of intent in Tromsø on 6 May. -We have asked both for training of the crews of fishing vessels that will be incorporated as part of the oil contingency apparatus, and of the special teams assembled to work on the shorelines and beaches in the event of an oil spill. Both aspects are well covered by this new programme, says Knudsen.