External Relations

The Secretariat undertakes a wide variety of activities aimed at strengthening the IOPC Funds’ relationship with Member States, encouraging the worldwide adoption and understanding of the international regime for oil pollution compensation and assisting potential claimants. The Secretariat regularly organises and participates in events such as national and regional workshops, gives presentations at conferences and hosts informal regional lunch meetings for London-based representatives of Member and non-Member States. The Secretariat also dedicates significant efforts into enhancing awareness and understanding of the IOPC Funds through the publication of numerous brochures and documentation and increased investment into the organisations’ online information services. The Secretariat also regularly gives lectures to students of maritime law from various universities and runs an annual Short Course which is a week-long programme for self-funded participants nominated by 1992 Fund Member States, covering all aspects of the work of the IOPC Funds and the international compensation regime.

Details of the key events attended by the Secretariat are set out on the map below and under the News and Events section. Future activities are detailed under the Upcoming Events page. For all enquiries relating to outreach activities, please contact the External Relations and Conference Department at externalrelations@iopcfunds.org.

Postponement of outreach activities following the COVID-19 pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secretariat has been working remotely and is striving to provide its usual services to Member States and stakeholders as far as possible. However, in light of the ongoing difficulties presented by the pandemic in terms of travel and gatherings of groups of people, outreach activities have been postponed until further notice. The Secretariat is currently developing an outreach programme that can be delivered remotely.

The IOPC Funds’ annual Short Course has been cancelled for 2020. For further information, please see circular IOPC/2020/Circ.8.