Waves Group has been assisting clients with a number of cargo loss and pollution cases, advising on the recovery and clean-up operations, costs and managing the operation on behalf of P&I Clubs and their Members.

As well as the practical, on-the-ground response and incident management, we have utilised our digital capabilities to provide efficient and regular situation reports on the operations, current status and necessary actions. Using Geographical Information System (GIS) tools that enable sightings of cargo or pollution to be uploaded and combined in a single map-based view it provides an overview of an incident and the current operational status.

Date Posted: 3rd August

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Reports can be made by everyone from public volunteers through to incident responders, and can provide a real-time update on sightings (reported and confirmed) and status. Each report can be interrogated to provide further information to aid the planning of the response.

These tools have proven to be very beneficial when providing stakeholders with regular updates, including national authorities, responders and those ultimately paying for the operation, in this case the vessel’s P&I Club. Operationally, it is of great assistance when managing clean-up contractors to ensure the appropriate resources are being used where they are needed most. This applies to both the immediate clean-up at site and, the transfer, storage and disposal of waste streams arising from the incident, which can be a hidden cost.

In one particular example, involving the loss of a number of containers overboard, the majority of plastics in the cargo that subsequently washed ashore were recycled through proactive planning and response with the local authorities, clean-up contractors and disposal facilities.

These cases have demonstrated the benefits of marrying many years of training and practical experience with advanced technology to enhance incident response operations and to minimise both the financial and environmental impact of an incident.

These tools also enable the prediction of material coming ashore, for example after storm events, thereby ensuring efficient deployment of clean up resources before material could spread further. Furthermore, such predictions can be used to evaluate search and potential trajectory patterns.

By providing on-line, real-time tools for incident management, collaboration and communication between stakeholders are improved and key decisions can be made quickly and effectively, enabled by the sharing of up-to-date, critical incident information.

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