REMPEC organised a National Workshop on HNS Contingency Planning, in Alexandria, Egypt between 28 and 30 October 2008 – Oct 28, 2008

REMPEC in collaboration with the Egyptian Environment Affairs Agency (EEAA) and the Integrated Simulators Complex (ISC) of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) organised, a National Workshop on HNS Contingency Planning, between 28 and 30 October 2008, in ISC Main Building in the AASTMT, Abu Qir, Alexandria, Egypt.

The workshop was aimed at guiding Government officials in developing a National Contingency Plan for Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) incidents and included the IMO Management Level Model Course - "Introduction to the Response to HNS in the Marine Environment".

The workshop was delivered by REMPEC and three international facilitators from the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) and Gorton Consultancy Limited. The facilitators were selected for their involvement in planning and responding to HNS incidents, their expertise and experience.

The course evaluation from the 26 participants showed that the course was relevant to their work, had greatly increased their understanding of HNS response, would assist them on their return to their normal activities and that they recognised the need to develop their contingency planning.