The annual IOPC Funds’ Short Course took place from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June at the Funds’ headquarters in London.
This year’s course was attended by participants from 17 Member States of the 1992 Fund, representing maritime administrations, national coast guards and others, with six Member States participating in the course for the first time.
Participants were provided with concise but comprehensive training which covered all aspects of the work of the IOPC Funds and the international liability and compensation regime in general. The programme included presentations from a variety of speakers from the Secretariat and other organisations and practical exercises allowing participants to study a theoretical incident and the subsequent claims submission process. Visits were also organised to the IMO headquarters, the International Group of P&I Associations, and the Gard Club. A guided tour of the Lloyd’s of London building was also organised courtesy of Miller Insurance Services.
The positive feedback received from participants confirms that the course continues to be a success and to prove useful in enabling the Secretariat to connect with both delegates to Funds’ meetings and those government officials who have responsibility in areas of oil reporting and oil spill preparedness and response.
This year, the course was supported by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Group of P&I Associations, the Gard Club, the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd (ITOPF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
The dates for the 2020 IOPC Funds’ Short Course and the deadline for nomination by governments will be announced later this year.