SCOPE 2017 Exercise

SCOPE (Skagerak Chemical Oilspill Pollution Exercise) 2017 is a joint project of the Nordic countries, co-founded by the European Union, and is organized by the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA).

The exercise was conducted over three days and involved 600 people and 30 vessels.

The exercise scenario involved a simulated collision between a chemical tanker and an oil tanker, which resulted in oil and ammonia gas leakage in an environmentally sensitive area in Norway's Telemark county.

SCOPE 2017 comprised a full-scale ground deployment and incident management exercise. The NCA mobilized government, municipal and private resources, and requested international assistance to deal with the pollution incident.

Johan Marius Ly, NCA's Director of Emergency Response, said, "Good coordination across neighboring countries and various organizations is essential to respond swiftly and capably to major spill incidents. Indeed, multi stakeholder efforts to conduct joint spill exercises like SCOPE 2017 will help to improve our spill response strategies."

"I am pleased to say the SCOPE 2017 exercise went as planned and demonstrated our collective readiness and capabilities in the event of such an occurrence. I wish to thank all stakeholders; government agencies, the EU, ship operators and public and private sector resource units for making this exercise possible. It demonstrates that we, together, have well-coordinated and competent response teams on all levels."

"We are pleased to be a part of this positive collaboration between so many parties and nationalities. The exercise was a success for us as well", says Tom Nilsson.

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