Oil spills are a significant environmental risks for oil and shipping industries worldwide and have been for many decades. Although, in recent years we have seen vast improvements in safety standards leading to decreases in the number of accidents worldwide. However when spills occurs the environment and livelihood effects can be significant.
Historically, focus has been on prevention, however recent developments show that there is also a high priority to develop technologies as well as organisational structures that have the capability to respond to spill incidents.
Exercise 'Cathach' is a 2 day demonstration of oil spill response and will be held in the Shannon Estuary over the 17th and 18th of April 2013.
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