Farewell to Mr. Guillaume Poirier and Arrival of the new Junior Programme Officer Mr. Christophe Blazy – Aug 01, 2018

Mr. Guillaume Poirier, Junior Programme Officer - Voluntary International Scientific (VIS) of the French Government who was seconded in August 2016 to REMPEC by the French Oil Company Total S.A. has concluded his support to the Centre on 31 July 2018.

REMPEC greatly appreciated his involvement and contribution to the work of the Centre in the field of preparedness for and response to marine pollution from ships. Guillaume's contributions included the organisation of training courses and workshops abroad, participation in antipollution exercises, and representations of REMPEC at international events.

Guillaume supported the preparation of the Mediterranean Guide on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Responding to Marine Pollution Incidents, which has been adopted by the 20th Ordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention held from 17 to 20 December 2017 in Tirana, Albania.

He assisted the Centre in the development and maintenance of REMPEC IT Systems, in particular the updates and upgrades of the Mediterranean Integrated Geographical Information System on Marine Pollution Risk Assessment and Response (MEDGIS-MAR) and the development of the beta version of the online version of the Mediterranean Guide on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. In addition, Guillaume was engaged in the REMPEC’s Emergency Communication Procedure in various occasions, both exercises and real marine pollution incidents.

During his mission Guillaume acted as a Project Focal Point for the EU co-funded Project for Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline clean-up and Oiled Wildlife interventions – POSOW II and he actively participated in the preparation of the Western Mediterranean Region Marine Oil & HNS Pollution Cooperation (West MOPoCo) Project proposal under the Call for proposals for prevention and preparedness projects in the field of civil protection and marine pollution of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department.

Guillaume will be remembered for his commitment, his hard work and for IT and project management skills. The REMPEC team wishes Guillaume all the best in his future career and hopes that the preparedness and response community will see in his availability a great recruitment opportunity.  

The secondment by France of Junior Programme Officers in the framework of the French mechanism of International Scientific Volunteering has enabled REMPEC to benefit from the technical knowledge and dynamism of newly graduated student since 1979. The recruitment process for the selection of the new Junior Programme Officer has been completed and REMPEC is pleased to announce the arrival of Mr Christophe Blazy who took the position of Junior Programme Officer at REMPEC on 2 August 2018.  

Mr Blazy holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Agronomy from the Institut supérieur d'agriculture Rhône-Alpes (ISARA-Lyon) as well as a Master’s Degree in Oceanography specialised in Marine Environment from the Aix-Marseille University. Mr. Blazy worked for different marine ecology research centres in France, addressing European Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) related matters. He is seconded to REMPEC by the French oil company TOTAL S.A. as International Scientific Volunteer (VIS) for 18 up to 24 months. His responsibilities include, amongst others:

  • To support the organisation of events and the implementation of various activities in the field of preparedness and response to marine pollution, as well as in the field of Offshore oil and gas activities;
  • To support in writing documents and reports (English/French);
  • To support the cooperation with the oil and gas industry at the regional level to develop joint activities;
  • To participate in communication exercises and other national oil spill exercises;
  • To help carrying out activities with the Mediterranean Technical Working Group (MTWG) and with the Mediterrranean Action Plan (MAP);
  • To maintain and test the Mediterranean Assistance Unit,
  • To maintain and update the Centre’s Website, its Regional information System (RIS) and the Mediterranean Integrated Geographical Information System on Marine Pollution Risk Assessment and Response (MEDGIS-MAR) ;
  • To support the Project Coordinator of the West MOPoCo project ;
  • To update the alerts and accidents database;
  • To support the data update of the Maritime Integrated Decision Support Information System (MIDSIS-TROCS), in particular the accident reports; and
  • To assist in the preparation and implementation of EC-funded or other externally funded projects.

Mr Christophe Blazy