A forum entitled The Third R&D Forum - High-density Oil Spill Response, is scheduled for March 11-13, 2002 in Brest, France
. Organized by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO), the forum will examine research and development of new technology in oil spill response, particularly regarding spills of high density or heavy oils like bunker oil
, is being organized by IMO in co-operation with French authorities. The Forum is co-sponsored by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, United States, the European Commission, IPIECA and ITOPF.
A number of accidents - including the Nakhodka in 1997 or the Erika in 1999 and, more recently, the Baltic Carrier - have highlighted the need for the international maritime community to look in depth at how coastal States can respond effectively to high-density oil spills.
For more information on the Forum please refer to the program at from the IMO website - www.imo.org - click on the Forum logo from the home page.
Registration forms can also be downloaded from the website for the Forum and related events. The deadline for registration is 31 January 2002.