On 7 February, the Director, Gaute Sivertsen and the Claims Department were delighted to welcome to the IOPC Funds’ offices the Sea Alarm Foundation’s General Manager, Hugo Nijkamp, and his team for an informal meeting.
The purpose of the visit was to re-engage in person after the pandemic and share information on current activities. Sea Alarm, which has held observer status with the organisation since 2017 and regularly participates in meetings of the IOPC Funds’ governing bodies, delivered a presentation on the importance of defining and developing good practice when responding to oiled wildlife and referred to the recent case of the Bow Jubail incident.
The IOPC Funds shared their recent work and current activities, in particular in respect of incidents, and also discussed a number of future challenges facing the organisation. The Secretariat is pleased to report its participation in meetings organised by the Wildlife Preparedness and Response ‘Community of Practice’ Group, which is a platform that aims to bring stakeholders together in support of future work regarding wildlife preparedness and response.
The IOPC Funds greatly values its relationship with Sea Alarm and continues to follow developments relating to issues of animal welfare, marine conservation and oiled wildlife response and preparedness.