eppr - Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic Notification Exercise and Appendix IV Operational Guidelines update 2023
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Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic Notification Exercise and Appendix IV Operational Guidelines update 2023

15 May 2024
The aim of 2024 exercise of the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Pollution, Preparedness and Response in the Arctic (MOSPA) was to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and mutual assistance among the Parties by conducting a notification and request for assistance exercise through correspondence.

The aim of 2024 notification exercise of the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Pollution, Preparedness and Response in the Arctic (MOSPA) was to strengthen cooperation, coordination, and mutual assistance among the Parties by conducting a notification and request for assistance exercise through correspondence.

The MOSPAEx 2024 was conducted 1-15 March with Norway as a host nation, and the scenario was an incident where an expeditionary cruise ship collided with a coastal tanker outside Tromsø in the Northern Norway. The relevant procedures and forms described in Appendix IV of the MOSPA, the Operational Guidelines, were tested and the exercise ended with Norway’s acceptance or refusal of Offers of Assistance received from the different Parties. Overall, Norway received confirmation of the oil spill notification from all Parties, and received offers of assistance from 4 Arctic States. The evaluation process is currently ongoing, but it has already been found useful, highlighting the need to keep exercising the MOSPA and updating the Operational Guidelines at a regular basis.

The lessons learned and experiences from the MOSPAEx 2024 will be summarized in an After Action Report that will be published once finalized, and the findings contribute to another update of the MOSPA Operational Guidelines during the Norwegian Chairship of EPPR.

MOSPA Operational Guidelines 2023
The first update during the Norwegian EPPR Chairship was concluded in December 2023, and can be found on Arctic Council Open Access Archive.

Norway is currently the Chair of EPPR and EPPR's Marine Environmental Response Expert Group.