Lamor to provide IMO 3 training in October on the Galapagos Islands

Environmental responsibility incorporates being professionally prepared through training and having the necessary equipment for rapid intervention during oil spill accidents. Lamor offers these opportunities to take advantage of learning by implementing effective and efficient operations worldwide, on every terrain and in any climatic condition.

Lamor offers customers and governmental agencies that are responsible for oil spill response, monitoring, and control, a three-level fully accredited training program mandated by the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO). Lamor’s training program, which is offered locally or on-site at the customer’s location, is certified by the UK Nautical Institute; an important achievement for Lamor considering the Institute’s strict accreditation policies and procedures.

This IMO 3 course will be presented on the Galapagos in San Cristobal on the island of Isla Puerto Baquerizo and will be the first IMO held in the Galapagos and first IMO 3 in Ecuador. The course is designed for senior managers, administrators and senior officials who may be involved in planning for or managing the response to an oil spill. Managing an oil spill is a crucial task that involves making decisions that can have wide ranging implications on the outcome of a response and the reputation of the responsible party.

Many issues need to be dealt with such as political and media pressure, public environmental awareness, legal and financial implications and the overriding awareness of the safety of the public and response personnel. The Oil Spill Management – IMO Level 3 course provides the senior manager or administrator with an overview of these issues and allows delegates to experience the complexities of oil spill management through practical and table-top exercises.

The training of oil spill response personnel is an integral part of preparedness and response; a warehouse stocked with state-of-the art oil recovery equipment is of little or no use without the properly trained manpower to deploy and operate the equipment efficiently and effectively. In any oil spill incident and scenario, the response time is critical to the successful outcome of  clean-up operations and its long-term impacts on eco-systems and environments.

The course objectives are to gain an understanding of the complexities of oil spill management and consider the political and media pressures, the safety issues concerning response personnel and the public and the post-operational requirements.

IMO Level I course:  First Responders

Duration:  3 days (2 days in classroom and 1 day of “hands-on” practical exercises and demonstrations)

Target participants:  The course is relevant for field supervisors such as Marine Officers, Shoreline Strike Team Leaders, and other personnel who will be involved in oil spill combating operations.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Oil Spill Response Safety and Awareness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fate and Effects of Spilled Oil
  • Containment Devices
  • Recovery Methods
  • River response techniques
  • Shoreline/inland Clean-up Methods
  • Waste Disposal & Management

IMO level 2 course: Supervisors and On-Scene Commanders

Duration: 5 days

Target participants: Personnel that already have some experience in oil spill response, have completed a course equivalent to the operational level course, have supervisory responsibilities and training, and are likely to be in charge of oil spill response coordination.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Overview of spill response
  • Contingency planning, response management and organization
  • Oil spill behavior, fate and effects
  • Spill assessment
  • Operations planning, Containment and recovery of oil In-situ burning
  • Dispersants, Shoreline clean-up, Site safety
  • Transfer, storage and disposal, Media relations
  • Evidence gathering and documentation, Communications and information
  • Liability and compensation
  • Response deactivation, Post incident debriefing
  • Table-top exercise

IMO Level 3 course: Administrators and Senior Managers

Duration: 3 days

Target participants: Personnel that will have little direct experience in oil spill response, but do have a responsibility for ensuring such capability exists in their company, department or country.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Causes, fate and effects of spilled oil
  • Contingency planning
  • Oil spill response strategies, limitations and issues
  • International co-operation – the legal framework
  • Liability, compensation and cost recovery
  • Spill management, roles and responsibilities
  • Communication and media issues
  • Termination of response, Post spill monitoring
  • Oil spill modeling
  • Case histories
  • Table-top exercises

IMO 3 Course in Galapagos (Downloadable PDF)