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Funding:INTERREG Atlantic Area Transnational Programme 2007-2013. Funding amount €1.9M
Timeline:Start; January 2012. Duration; 2 years
Coordinator:Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR
HALPIN Team:Project Manager & lead researcher; Tom Tuohy. Researcher; Paul Shanahan.
Overview: In 2004, the core group of ARCOPOL partners came together under the EROCIPS project (Emergency Response to coastal Oil, Chemical and Inert Pollution from Shipping. INTERREG IIIB, 2004-2007). EROCIP's achievements ranged from the development of forecasting models and risk assessment & guidance on managing volunteers, to the production of training materials and the establishment of ecological monitoring programmes. EROCIPS served as the basis for the ARCOPOL series of projects that began in 2009. The success of the first ARCOPOL project (2009-2012), facilitated the continuance of the ARCOPOL strategy in the follow-on ARCOPOL (2012-2014) and ARCOPOL-Platform (2014-2015) projects. HALPIN became involved at the time of the ARCOPOL+ project.
All ARCOPOL projects shared the same goal; to reinforce the preparedness and response to oil and HNS (Harmful Noxious Substances) spills in the Atlantic regions. As the series of projects progressed, the topics covered and the strategy employed were adapted and refined. ARCOPOL focused on the elaboration of guides and tools to support response operations. ARCOPOL+ updated and upgraded ARCOPOL's results and there was a particular focus on innovation, training and technology transfer. In ARCOPOL-Platform, the last project in the series the strategy focussed on establishing a collaborative platform to capitalise on the results of the ARCOPOL projects and to support the furtherance of public and private collaboration maritime pollution response in the Atlantic area.
Specifically, the two main objectives of ARCOPOL-Plus project were:
  • To further reinforce protection of the Atlantic region's coasts from maritime pollution through the capitalisation and upgrade of the ARCOPOL and ARCOPOL+ results on Contingency planning, HNS preparedness and response, Detection, monitoring and prediction systems, Environmental monitoring and by raising awareness of the importance of Training
  • To set up the Atlantic Technological Platform, a sustainable structure of public-private cooperation focused on maritime spills preparedness and response.
Theme(s): Maritime Operations
Partners: 12 partners across 6 countries:
Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR , Instituto Tecnolóxico para o control do medio mariño de Galicia - INTECMAR , Universidade de Vigo , Consejería de Justicia e Interior - Junta de Andalucía , Universidad de Cádiz , Instituto Superior Técnico - IST , Centro interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental - CIIMAR , Public Health England , Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - CEFAS , Consellería do Medio Rural e do Mar - Xunta de Galicia - CMRM , École D’ingénieurs en Génie des Systèmes Industriels de La Rochelle , Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe - CPMR , Marine Institute , Pembrokeshire County Council
Results & Outputs:
  1. Legal Consequences for HNS Spill across Partner Countries. Project paper, May 2015. Lt. Cmdr. Erika Downing BL, Irish Naval Service. Download.
  2. Report on Low-Cost Unmanned Aircraft in the Offshore Environment: Effectiveness and Constraints. February 2014. Download.

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