New procurement procedure for stand-by oil spill recovery vessels
In order to strengthen its response capacity network EMSA announces the launch of a procurement procedure to contract new stand-by oil spill recovery vessel(s) in the following areas:
- Lot 1 – Channel and North Sea
- Lot 2 – Atlantic Middle
- Lot 3 – Black Sea North
In order to provide additional support to the EU Member States’ pollution response mechanisms in a cost efficient way, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) operates, in European waters, a range of pollution response services consisting of a Network of Standby Oil Spill Response Vessels, the Equipment Assistance Service (EAS) including specialised stand-alone equipment arrangements, as well as dispersant stockpiles. In addition the Agency is tasked to support Member States in case of marine incidents involving chemicals. Since 2009, EMSA is providing expert advice fohazardous and noxious substances (HNS) through its MAR-ICE Network.
To achieve the level of performance for pollution response required by the Agency, the contracted services have to perform regular training, drills, Equipment Condition Tests and exercises.