Over 250 industry professionals from 18 countries will attend the 11th edition of the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition (ICOPCE) from 21 to 24 October 2019. Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the biennial event was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of MPA.
Focusing on marine pollution management strategies, ICOPCE 2019 brings together stakeholders from various government agencies and port, bunkering, petrochemicals, shipping, protection and indemnity, salvage and wreck, legal and technology companies. The four-day event comprises a pre-conference workshop, a two-day conference and a post-conference chemical spill exercise.
In his opening address, Mr Niam said, “Singapore lies along one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. This makes us vulnerable to oil and chemical pollution. Therefore, we must not only embrace technological innovations that strengthen incident prevention and response, but also foster strong regional partnerships in driving marine sustainability.”
Themed ‘Smart Technologies and Intelligent Operations for Marine Environment Protection’, ICOPCE 2019 features industry veterans and maritime experts such as Mr Bernard Ong, Director of Operations, Vopak Terminals; Mr Mark Morrow, General Manager – Response, Maritime Emergency Response Commander, Australian Maritime Safety Authority; and Ms Caroline Yang, President, Singapore Shipping Association. They will discuss topics such as digital applications for pollution prevention, inter-governmental collaboration on crisis management and strategic response planning.
Mr Jonathan Evans, Managing Director, International Marine Transportation Singapore, Fuels and Lubricants, ExxonMobil, as well as Mr Ray McNamara, Vice President, Head of Shipmanagement and Technical, Teekay Tankers delivered the keynote addresses at ICOPCE 2019. They shared their insights on the elimination of human error in pollution prevention and the cultivation of a mindset of shared responsibilities in spill prevention respectively.
ICOPCE 2019 Exhibition
Eight local and international companies will also display various capabilities ranging from spill response technologies and emergency response solutions to spill-related marine and offshore services at the ICOPCE 2019 Exhibition. The exhibition is held in conjunction with the conference.
Joint Chemical Spill Exercise
On the last day of ICOPCE 2019, various government agencies and industry stakeholders including emergency response teams will conduct a joint chemical spill exercise to test and demonstrate Singapore’s readiness and capabilities in the event of a chemical spill incident. The exercise will simulate the spillage of 500 tonnes of Xylene from a collision between two tankers.
Source:XINDE MARINE NEWS
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