This index was put together in the late 1990´s by a Multinational oil company to assist the various companies in the group comply with the OPRC 90 regulations.
It is one of the simplest index´s I have come across. Using this questionaire will help anyone comply. I never saw any point in reinventing the wheel when there is no reason to.
The questionaire is divided into two sections;
1. covers the degree of exposure to a company. From its own operations as well as from passing tankers in which a company an interest.
2. to identify the degree of preparedness within the company.
The Exposure section covers both marine terminals and E&P operations use the appropriate section 1-4A or 1-4B If your company has exposure in both areas of operation. The larger figure of A or B should be carried forward to the index.
Each question should be answered using the weighting band which reflects your companies present status. There are notes alongside each of the questions to assist.
The selected number should be written in the box at the side of the question.
The totals for both sections should added together and then be plotted on the axes of the matrix the position will identify the actions you will need to carry out.
Some information has been changed or omited because it was deemed to be politically correct to do so.
1A (a) Include all company terminals. Add thrid party (e.g. Port authorities othe oil companies) with whom the company handles persistant oils or has through put agreements.
(b) Many companies only handle non-persistent oils which may present a nominal risk.
The main pollution risk at terminals is considered to be from marine bunker fuels. This category has been wieghted accordingly.
2A Include all f.o.b loadings and delivered cargoes as well as cargo handled from owned or chartered vessels.
4A Passing tanker incidents involving a spill of cargo or bunkers from a ship owned, managed or chartered by any company of the group, off the shores of a country where the company was not hitherto involved in the voyage.
Not all companies in the group will have access to this information. In this case contact with head office will be neccessary.
1B Numbers should include all manned and unmanned platforms as well as remotely operated sub-sea prodution manifolds.
2B Total length should include all inter platform pipelines.
4B Seperate rigs into numbers of exploration, appraisal, developement or workover.
5 Sensitive areas include those considered to be environmentaly, industrial or leisure resourses. Assessment should be made in areas where credible consiquences of an oil spill at, or close to the location of your marine terminal(s).
6 Assessment of prevailing wind, current and tidal movement will indicate the likelyhood and location of coastal impact.
7 In certain countries, the government will take full control of the physical clean up leaving the company to deal with corporate business; in others the company will be expected to manage the whole clean up.
1 Preparedness for a credible response requires a clear understanding of the exposure. A comprehensive threat assessment involves identifying all transfer activities, types of oil, oil spill scenarios, the fate of spilled oil and shoreline resources at risk.
2 Sensitivity mapping of the area and the shorelines potentially at risk is essencial to enable appropriate response strategies to be identified.
3 Robust Contingency plans for eachof the 3 Tier´s of a spill should be addressed.
4 To optimise the effectiveness of any contingency plan, prior discussion, co-operation and agreement on content with all appropriate authorities is essencial.
5 The plan should have an organigram showing all roles and responsibilities of company and authority members.
8 Are tabletop exercises held on a regular basis. E.g. Tier1 every 3-6 months, Tier 2 every 12 months, Tier 3 every 24 months. Do these exercises iinvolve authorities.
9 Equipment deployment is considered to be the only way to ensure the equipment is maintained and ready for immediate use by trained personnel.
10 Has a response strategy been developed and recourses identified to carry it out.
11 Is your company part of a local industry initiative.
12 have past experiences or exercises allowed your company to gauge its effectiveness for a response.