4th Adriatic Spill Conference – AdriaSpillCon 2019

4th Adriatic Spill Conference on preparedness and response to oil spills – AdriaSpillCon 2019 took place in Opatija, Croatia from 28 – 30 May 2019. The Conference was organized by ATRAC, under the auspices of the Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Croatia.

AdriaSpillCon conference is being organized every three years, and this year it has also gathered over one hundred participants from Croatia and all the countries in the Adriatic region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia), as well as from other European countries. Among the participants were representatives of national and regional government, oil and maritime industry, independent experts, academic institutions, specialized companies and equipment producers.

The work of the Conference was supported by Primorje – Gorski kotar county and the City of Opatija. Key international organizations that work on improving the preparedness and response systems to oil spills (IMO, REMPEC, EMSA, ITOPF, CEDRE, MOIG, IOPC Funds, ISCO, IPIECA) also gave their support to the work of the Conference and participated in its programme as speakers / exhibitors.

The program of this year’s AdriaSpillCon was based around three specific topics important for all the Adriatic countries:

  • Development of legal, administrative and organisational aspects of preparedness and response to oil spills, including planning in case of accidental marine pollution;
  • Reducing the risk from HNS spills and dealing with the problems related to marine litter;
  • relevant technical and scientific aspects of oil spill response.

In the scope of the Conference, equipment demonstration was organized in the Port of Opatija on May 29. The equipment came from EMSA’s equipment stockpile situated in Ravenna.

AdriaSpillCon conference highlights Croatia’s key role in protecting the Adriatic sea from accidental marine pollution, not only in the Adriatic, but also in the international framework. Protecting the Adriatic marine environment, through prevention, preparedness and response to oil spills, is crucial for the Republic of Croatia, and therefore this Conference is a highly important event on a national and regional level.

Photo gallery from 4th Adriatic spill conference is available on the webiste