When it comes to oil spills, contingency plans are key. But even though comprehensive guidelines and measures are outlined at an early stage, things don’t always go as planned: if an oil spill occurs, people are often insufficiently trained to act on the situation efficiently. So how does one make sure that theory and practice correspond?
If a spill occurs, it’s important that the oil is contained using booms, ensuring that it cannot drift off into the ocean. In these cases, the equipment available should be used in the right combination. Skimmers are used to get the oil out of the water, but is this done as effectively as possible? To make sure that the answer is “yes,” contingency plans need to be output-driven: the focus should be placed on the best ways to get the job done. If contingency plans mainly revolve around input, theory and practice tend to differ strongly.
The importance of practice and speed
The longer it takes to clean up the water, the greater the possibility of damage. Therefore, it is essential to pay sufficient attention to training. After all, practice makes perfect. Moreover, it allows everyone involved to act quickly in the event of an oil spill, reducing the chance of the spill having overwhelming effects.
- In short, it is crucial to focus on getting the following steps right:
A realistic, output-driven contingency plan;
- Enough practice;
- What’s next: How are you going to process the oil? Can you still use it for a different purpose?
Fitting the Foru into the picture
So where does the Foru come in? Well, right at the start, to be honest. Because of its great capacity, it can amplify and give a boost to the total output. And ultimately, that’s what it’s all about.
Interested in the ins and outs of proper training? We’ll tell you all about it in our next article.