The Response Calculator: Quantifying Europe’s Ability to Respond to a Tier 3 Marine Oil Spill Incident

Key Details

Project Name

The Response Calculator: Quantifying Europe’s Ability to Respond to a Tier 3 Marine Oil Spill Incident

Client

European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

Sectors

  • Government

  • Marine Pollution

  • Emergency Response

Location

  • Europe

Services Provided

  • Software Development

  • Pollution Response Assessment

  • Modeling

  • Response Preparedness Analysis

Challenge

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.

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Solution

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.

Project Statistics

1
Software Tool
6
Regional Workshops

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