To Train operational staff to respond and manage incidents safely, efficiently and effectively. 

 The 3 day 24 hour course is a practical based course designed for staff with a responsible role within their organisation and who may be required to lead a response team following an oil spill.

The course is very practical based with a range of hands on exercises which are covered by a theory section. The course can be either be held at a training facility or at a suitable location, convenient for the delegates.

Throughout the course there is a complete overview of techniques used to recover, contain and mitigate contamination following an oil spill. The course covers both large and small oil spill events so delegates gain a wide range of knowledge and skill.

The course highlights the benefits of following a contingency plan and looks at how differing climates, shoreline topography, geomorphology and land/marine use can affect a response.


This course is ideal for Supervisors of response teams that have a responsibility for the management and clean-up of ports, harbours and shorelines in the event of an incident.  

Course Objectives:

  1. To give an overview of the main causes of marine oil spills.
  2. To introduce to predicting behaviour and fate of spilt oil.
  3. To give an overview of the response ‘tool kit’.
  4. To allow students to become familiar with their contingency plan and their role within it.
  5. To give students an understanding of the role of a beachmaster, including issues which may arise and management of an effective operation.
  6. To give a basic understand of issues associated with spill response i.e. waste, health and safety and management.
  7. To give practical experience of equipment available for response


  • Contingency Planning
  • Spilt Oil Behaviour, fate and effects
  • Health and Safety
  • Response Planning
  • Booms and Skimmers Monitoring
  • Absorbent Materials
  • Operation Planning
  • Post Incident de briefing
  • Shoreline Clean up
  • Dispersant Systems
  • Waste Handling
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Environmental Considerations
  • Command control and communication
  • Evidence Gathering


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