Responding to maritime accidents can be especially challenging when involving Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) that behave as gases or evaporators. Due to their potential to form toxic or combustible clouds, evidence-based decisions are needed to protect the crew, responders, the coastal population and the environment. However, when an emergency is declared, key information is not always readily available for all the needs of responders.
A case in point is the lack of knowledge and data to assess the risks that responders or rescue teams could take when intervening, or those that could impact coastal communities when allowing a shipping casualty to dock at a place of refuge.
The objective of MANIFESTS is to address these uncertainties and improve response capacities through the creation of novel and innovative decision support tools and operational guidelines, and by facilitating access to relevant knowledge and databases, all housed within a dedicated open source web platform accessible to planners and responders. Bespoke training materials and exercises will demonstrate project outputs to key stakeholders paving the way to transfer guidance and training capabilities to end-users beyond partner organisations.
The project consortium involves 9 research institutes and administrations from 6 countries with strong and complementary expertise in all of the aspects of marine pollution being addressed by the project, namely; chemical analysis (CEDRE), pollution modelling (RBINS, INTECMAR, IST, MET.NO), decision support tools (RBINS, INTECMAR), risk assessment and management (ARMINES, PHE), training and exercises (CEDRE, INTECMAR, CETMAR) and knowledge transfer (CETMAR). Additionally, MANIFESTS will benefit from the collaboration of an Advisory Board comprising 6 national maritime authorities -the main end-users of the project results, as well as the direct participation of the DG-ENV (BE) as a partner.
CENTRE DE DOCUMENTATION DE RECHERCHES ET D’EXPERIMENTATION SUR LES POLLUTIONS ACCIDENTELLES DES EAUX ASSOCIATION (CEDRE) - FR
Address: 715 Rue Alain Colas, FR-29200 Brest, France
CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL MAR (CETMAR) - ES
Instituto Tecnológico para el Control del Medio Marino de Galicia (INTECMAR) - ES
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO (IST) - PT
Department of Health (PHE) - UK
ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS (ARMINES) - FR
INSTITUT ROYAL DES SCIENCES NATURELLES DE Belgique (RBINS) - BE
METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT (MET.NO) - NO
SERVICE PUBLIC FEDERAL SANTE PUBLIQUE, SECURITE DE LA CHAINE ALIMENTAIRE ET ENVIRONNEMENT (DG-ENV) - BE