A goal of Interspill has always been:

To promote best practice and engagement in spill prevention and response.

This is delivered through the conference, science and innovation workshops and through training.

At past events Training has only been held on the day prior to the event which has not been convenient for all attendees. In feedback from past visitors they have asked that this be expanded to include the days when the event is open.

With support from members of the Interspill Committee we are able to provide Interspill Academy during the event. 

Please book to attend through the Registration form on If you have already registered please register again but tick ONLY the box for Short Courses or Interspill Academy and we will be in touch with you. The form is at:

There will be short courses on:  Monday 20 June from 1230 – 1730. These are FREE to attend!

The half day courses available on 20 June are as follows (as of 5th May 2022):

Oil Spill Fundamentals delivered by ITOPF

Effective spill response requires an understanding of the behaviour of oil in the environment and its impacts, appropriate response strategies and how to successfully manage available resources.

Exploring the features of oil spills and the essential principles of spill response, ITOPF is using its extensive first-hand knowledge and experience to cover a variety of topics in this half-day course.

The course will be hosted by expert ITOPF technical advisers, delivering engaging learning opportunities through a combination of short presentations, and interactive activities.

Claims and Compensation delivered by IOPC Funds

Oil spills from tankers often result in substantial costs and losses that can run into the hundreds of millions. Clean-up and preventive measures can be particularly difficult and costly, damage to property may be extensive and economic losses significant. It is not always clear where and how to apply to obtain compensation and losses can be difficult to substantiate without careful attention to records and evidence.

The course will help develop a better understanding of how costs may be recovered more efficiently and how compensation is paid in the event of a tanker spill under the international oil pollution liability and compensation regime. It will provide guidance on how to submit claims for compensation for clean-up operations, as well as economic losses, environmental monitoring studies and reinstatement measures, and will include a number of case studies and practical examples.

This course is aimed at professional responders and government officials, as well as anybody who might be involved in responding to an oil spill, and who want to know more about how the compensation regime works in practice.

Crisis Management Short Course delivered by Oil Spill Response Ltd

For a truly effective crisis management team and functional crisis preparedness system, you need impactful structure, skillset, and mindset. This 4-hour crisis management short course will address structure and mindset with a strong focus on leadership under-pressure.

Structure: the organisation/framework, operating procedures and policies, processes, decision-making tools, plans.

Mindset: an appreciation that our ability to perform in each moment is largely determined by where we are placing our attention and how we are making sense of the situation. This explains why even the most competent people can fall short of performing at their full potential, especially when under pressure. We approach mindset as a skill. As such, it can be broken down and learnt.

Regardless of your experience this course will help you to identify your weak spots and build your resilience for an oil spill, a cyber-attack, or indeed any crisis that needs to be managed.

On 21 and 22 June there will be four courses each of 1 hr between 1730 – 1830 each day. Further detail of these courses will be published here in March and April. 

The courses available are as follows

21 June Provider Course Content
1730-1830 IOPC Funds/VNCI

Coordinator:Mark Homan, IOPC Funds

Panel:   IOPC Funds, VNCI

HNS Reporting and contribution

This session will be a joint session with the IOPC Funds and a representative from VNCI (the Dutch Chemical Industry) and will commence with a short presentation of the basics of the HNS Convention and reporting guidelines, before proceeding into a face-face discussion with the representative from VNCI to discuss the issues faced by the chemical industry and questions / issues already resolved by the co-operation between the various parties engaged in the process of bringing into effect the provisions of the HNS Convention, especially dealing with reporting and contribution aspects under the Convention.

1730 – 1830 IOPC Funds/ IG P&I

Coordinator:      Chiara Della Mea, IOPC Funds

Panel: IOPC Funds, IG P&I Clubs

Pollution response claims

This one-hour session will focus on how achieve optimal cost recovery under the existing liability conventions.


This interactive session will introduce how the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds and the International Group of P&I Clubs deal with claims for compensation for response activities following an oil spill.


It will introduce the liability system, before proceeding through a face-to-face panel discussion between Fund and IG Club representatives on what are the frequent issues encountered when dealing with response claims, including the contractual element of spill response, reasonableness and admissibility and record keeping and so on.

22 June
1800-1900 IOPC Funds/REMPEC

Coordinator: Mark Homan, IOPC Funds

Panel: IOPC Funds, REMPEC

 HNS Tools and Guidelines

This session will be a joint session with the IOPC Funds and a representative from REMPEC (the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea) and will commence with a short presentation by the IOPC Funds, before proceeding into a face-face discussion with the representative from Rempec, concentrating on the tools, guidelines and plans already in place to deal with HNS incidents.


Coordinator:  Chiara Della Mea, IOPC Funds

Panel:    IOPC Funds, ITOPF

Claims for environmental damage and post spill studies

This one-hour session will focus on how claims for environmental damage and post-spill monitoring studies are covered and assessed under the existing international liability conventions.


This interactive session will introduce how the international liability regime deals with claims for environmental damage and reinstatement measures claims, as well as claims for monitoring and post spill studies. It will then proceed to a face-to-face panel discussion between IOPC Funds and ITOPF representatives on what are the frequent issues encountered when dealing with claims for environmental damage and how claims for post-spill monitoring studies are assessed, all illustrated using practical examples of real life cases.

Orbital EOS Satellite Surveillance -unbundling the myths!

A lot is spoken about what satellites can and cannot do in terms of visualising oil spills, other pollution, plastic and marine debris.

This presentation outlines the capability of available satellites, their advantages, disadvantages but also how interpretation is changing and positively how their use can be merged into modelling tools to provide incident commanders with a  powerful management tool.

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