"A Unique opportunity to take part in the Shipping Industry's initiative to support research and development"
ITOPF is recognized and respected globally as a source of objective technical expertise in the area of accidental spills of oil and chemicals from ships. Its mission is to promote effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other substances. Investing in R&D is one way to enable this objective to be met.
Each year, over 7800 million tons of oil, chemicals, raw materials and finished goods are safely delivered by sea. Nevertheless, from time-to-time, accidents do occur that result in pollution of the marine environment by oil or chemicals. The severity of the pollution depends upon many factors. Continuous improvement in the understanding of the fate and effects of these substances will lead to improvements in accepted ‘best practice’ for spill response and environmental monitoring.
ITOPF’s shipowners and their Protection and Indemnity (P&I) insurers recognise the importance of nurturing good quality R&D in these areas and, for this reason, have established the annual ‘ITOPF R&D Award’. Each year £50,000 will be made available to fund R&D projects that make a valuable contribution to improving the knowledge and understanding of issues related to accidental marine pollution.
The purpose of the initiative is to encourage organisations worldwide to inspire innovative thinking among their students and to present ideas that could provide realistic solutions to some of the challenges faced in spill response and environmental monitoring.