The Response Calculator: Quantifying Europe’s Ability to Respond to a Tier 3 Marine Oil Spill Incident
European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
Pollution Response Assessment
Response Preparedness Analysis
The client requested RPS to develop and implement a process to “stress test” Europe’s capacity to respond to a large scale, offshore marine oil spill event. RPS was tasked with evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of such a response across six regions in Europe.
RPS developed a method by which to evaluate Europe’s response capability and implemented this approach in a software tool called the Response Calculator. The Response Calculator allows users to develop response strategies by deploying various response assets to a hypothetical oil spill. The tool calculates the amount of oil removed from the water surface and the associated costs, based on the deployed resources. RPS facilitated six regional “Stress Test” Workshops in which countries participated in table-top exercises and used the Response Calculator to develop oil spill response strategies. Each workshop evaluated several offshore oil spill response strategies, incorporating available response resources and techniques. RPS presented the findings of all the workshops, as well as the Response Calculator tool to EMSA.
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