Polaris personnel are currently on site in Key West, Florida working on a coral assessment project.
Dr. Elliott Taylor provided oil spill expert facilitation for three National Workshops on Contingency Planning and Implementation of the OPRC Convention organized by the IMO RAC REMPEITC – Carib. Workshops were conducted in Paramaribo, Suriname (17-19 Oct.), Port of Spain, Trinidad (22-24 Oct.),and Cd. Del Carmen, Mexico (29-31 Oct. 2018). A key activity for each Read more about National Contingency Plan Workshops: Suriname, Trinidad, and Mexico (October 2018)[…]
Elliott Taylor, Jose Rios, and Stephan Gmur participated in the worst-case oil spill response exercise for the TransMountain Pipleine Westridge Terminal in Burnaby, BC. The Polaris team provided scientific and technical support for the Environmental Unit and SCAT activities related to a scenario of a dilbit release into Burrard Inlet. https://www.transmountain.com/news/2018/trans-mountain-conducts-full-scale-emergency-exercise-in-burrard-inlet https://globalnews.ca/news/4467491/trans-mountain-emergency-oil-spill-exercise-burrard-inlet/
Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Jose Rios led a 2 ½ day workshop in Belize City to deliver the final National Oil Spill Contingency Plan to participants representing government, industry, ports, and NGOs. The final deliverables included atlases for spill sensitivity and operations/logistics, quantitative spill risk analysis study and spill trajectories analysis, spill equipment recommendations, Read more about Belize National Oil Spill Contingency Plan – Validation Workshop (8-10 August 2018)[…]
Dr. Elliott Taylor and Mr. Jose Rios conducted interviews, evaluated exercises and ongoing cleanup activities, and completed field site assessments of Gran Tierra’s operations in Putumayo and Magdalena Medio regions. Results of the spill response program were summarized using the ARPEL RETOS tool, identifying opportunities for improvements to the spill preparedness program.