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MIMAC 2006 - International conference on Marine Incidents Management

We are pleased to invite you to the MIMAC Conference that will focus on the current changes in policy concerning marine intervention and the risk management strategies of the North Sea countries (risk analysis, contingency planning and efficient database management). Policy makers, scientists and the final users of these risks and contingency plans all have every reason to learn from each other and exchange ideas and practical experience.

'Provinciaal hof' in Bruges
The conference will take place on the 19th - 20th October 2006 at the "Provinciaal hof" in Bruges (Belgium). At the conference the results of the projects RAMA & DIMAS and the integrated conclusions will be presented. These results will be compared with international research by inviting international experts from neighbouring countries. A special session within the conference will be attributed to aspects related to the policy of contingency planning and combatement of accidental spills of compounds which are hazardous to the marine environment. The presentations of the conference will be published in the form of a book of extended abstracts.

You can download the final book of references of the conference

Program of the conference:

DAY 1:

Welcome and introduction

10.00 - 10.40: Registration - coffee
10.40 - 11.00: Welcome by the Minister of Economy, Energy, Foreign Affairs and Science Policy (Marc Verwilghen)
11.00 - 11.20: Welcome by Minister of mobility and the North Sea (Renaat Landuyt)
11.20 - 11.40: Introduction to the workshop MIMAC (Dirk Le Roy - Ecolas)
11.40 - 12.20: Current developments in the risk policy of the North Sea: from a tripartite to a quadripartite Bonn Agreement Responsibility Zone (Eric Donnay-FPS Environment)

12.20 - 14.00: lunch

Risk analysis North Sea - chair Dirk Le Roy (Ecolas)

14.00 - 14.25: Risk analysis of marine activities in the Belgian Part of the North Sea (RAMA) (Annemie Volckaert, Ecolas & Jan-Bart Calewaert, Maritime Institute)
14.25 - 14.50: State of the affairs of risk analysis of the Dutch Part of the North Sea (Henk Offringa, National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management, RIKZ)
14.50 - 15.15: State of the affairs of risk analysis of the French Part of the North Sea (Jean-Christophe Burvingt, Préfecture maritime de la Manche et de la mer du Nord)
15.15 - 15.40: Very heavy fuel oils: risk analysis of their transport in UK waters (Kevin Colcomb, Matthew Rymell and Alun Lewis Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

15.40 - 16.30: coffee

Risk assessment North Sea - chair Marnix Vangheluwe (Euras) & Colin Janssen (UG - Letea)

16.30 - 16.50: Development of an Integrated Database for the Management of Accidental Spills (DIMAS) (Katrien Arijs & Bram Versonnen, Euras)
16.50 - 17.10: Oil spills: effects and management (Sjon Huisman, Rijkswaterstaat, RWS-North Sea Directorate)
17.10 - 17.30: Endocrine disruption of the marine environment (Mike Waldock, CEFAS)
17.30 - 17.50: Conclusions day 1

20.00: Conference dinner


9.30 - 10.00: Registration & information - coffee

Contingency planning - chair Frank Maes (UG - Maritime Institute)

10.00 - 10.30: Tricolor experience in the framework of the Contingency Plan Mancheplan (Jean-Christophe Burvingt, Préfecture maritime de la Manche et de la mer du Nord)
10.30 - 11.00: The sub-regional contingency plan between Denmark, Germany & the Netherlands (DENGERNETH) (Peter Søberg Poulsen, Admiral Danish Fleet)

11.00 - 11.30: coffee

11.30 - 11.50: The National Contingency plan for the North Sea "Rampenplan Noordzee": present state and critical evaluation - Organization (Johan Debyser, Cabinet governor West Flanders)
11.50 - 12.10: The National Contingency plan for the North Sea: the shaping of operational arrangements (Thierry Jacques, MUMM)
12.10 - 12.30: Plenary session

12.30 - 14.00: Lunch

This conference is supported by SETAC
Supported by
the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office

General coordination: Annemie Volckaert
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