The Director, José Maura, was invited to participate in the 7th Oil Spill Workshop organised by the Petroleum Association of Japan (PAJ) in Tokyo on 28 November 2018. The workshop focused on recent major oil spill incidents and the subject of future preparedness.
During the workshop, incidents which have involved the IOPC Funds, such as the Agia Zoni II, which occurred in Greece in September 2017 as well as the Sanchi, which occurred off the coast of Shanghai in January 2017 and affected China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, were discussed. Mr Maura gave a presentation on the role of the IOPC Funds in such incidents and the international liability and compensation regime in general. The workshop concluded with an open discussion session where the various speakers from the event answered questions from the audience.
During his visit, the Director took the opportunity to meet with senior representatives of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Chairman of the Petroleum Industry Marine Association.