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North Adriatic transnational anti-pollution drill

NAMIRS is the first of its kind

20 November, 18:03

(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 20 NOV - The first transnational anti-pollution drill in the Adriatic Sea, organized by the Trieste Maritime Directorate with partners from Slovenia and Croatia, took place today under the European project NAMIRS - North Adriatic Sea Incident Response System - to support the three neighboring states in combating marine oil pollution through cooperation and coordination between states.
    The project, coordinated by the Central European Initiative and co-funded by the European Union, involves the development of shared protocols to facilitate communications and to make efficient the joint intervention of Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian resources and assets in case of accidents in the Northern Adriatic Sea that result in the spillage of hydrocarbons into the sea. The exercise, which began this morning at 8:30 a.m., was coordinated by the Trieste Maritime Directorate as the 10th Secondary Maritime Rescue Center of the Italian Coast Guard, a partner in the project, to test the exchange of information between the countries, coordination of operations among the intervening forces, operational readiness and technical intervention capabilities of the participating assets/resources, and the efficiency of communication systems, as Fvg Maritime director Captain Luciano Del Prete explained.
    The drill was attended by experts in the field, international observers, and relevant authorities from the three countries.
    Vannia Gava, Vice-Minister of Environment and Energy Security, and Tiziana Chieruzzi of the Direction General Nature and Sea Protection at the same ministry represented Italy. A collision between two ships was simulated, one of which was present (the oil tanker Oceania, at anchor in the roadstead in Trieste), and the other simulated (a ferry ship coming from Koper and bound for Monfalcone).
    In choosing the scenario, the analysis of the risk of possible collisions in the Upper Adriatic Sea prepared as part of the project by the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) and the University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Maritime Studies in Portorož was considered. From the scenario mentioned above, it emerged that one of the areas most at risk of collision and consequent pollution in the Upper Adriatic Sea is in the Gulf of Trieste, at the point where the outbound and incoming routes from the ports of Koper, Trieste, and Monfalcone intersect.
    A team of experts, firefighters from the three countries of the North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response Group (NAMIRG), Port Authority personnel specializing in maritime safety, and technicians appointed by the partner states intervened.
    "The management of maritime intervention is an example of the need to strengthen cooperation and dialogue - underlined CEI Secretary General Roberto Antonione - pivotal issues and activities that the Central European Initiative has been dealing with continuously since 1989." "We hope - he added - that the collaboration we have helped facilitate through the NAMIRS project will be further strengthened. The CEI Secretariat will keep going in this direction." (ANSA).

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