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«Towards clean shores!»

The project «Towards clean shores!»

The Barents and Kara Seas are ones of the most attractive for oil and gas companies in the Arctic. Now their shelf is being developed. The Barents Sea hosts the world’s northernmost year-round oil terminal — Varandeysky (throughput capacity of 12 million tons of oil per year); oil production has begun on the Prirazlomnaya platform in December 2013 (recoverable oil reserves of 72 million tons); Sabetta port is being actively constructed on the Yamal Peninsula, which will become the most important transport hub for the delivery of goods, primarily gas, in the eastern and western directions.

The development of deposits on the continent and on the shelf, the construction and operation of infrastructure are associated with high risks of oil spills, which can cause catastrophic damage to the environment.

In 2005, the Barents Branch of WWF launched a project «Clean shores!» to train volunteers for oil spills liquidation. Teachers of the Murmansk State Pedagogical University together with the employees of the «EcoService» Professional Emergency Rescue Unit developed an additional educational program and training manual «Liquidation of oil spills and oil products (OSR)».

Volunteer during exercises in May 2016. © Dmitry Ryabov
Another group of volunteers received training, 2012. © WWF Russia
Installing a container for collecting petroleum products © Dmitry Ryabov
Exercises in May 2016, © Dmitry Ryabov
Exercises in Mishukovo village, 2012 © WWF Russia

The training of volunteers consists of a theoretical part and practical training of acquired knowledge during the exercises. Volunteers receive knowledge of the regulatory and technical base in the field of oil spill response, as well as develop skills of localization and elimination of oil spills, learn to collect and install booms, temporary storage tanks, use skimmers, high-pressure devices and sorbing agents.

Over the course of the project, more than 20 courses have been conducted, 520 volunteers have been trained, of which 35 are able to save birds affected by oil pollution. Training is conducted on the shores of the Kola and Kandalaksha bays. WWF used the experience of preparing volunteers in the Murmansk region in conducting exercises in Arkhangelsk, St. Petersburg, and on the Commander Islands.

WWF formed a mobile container with a irreducible reserve of PPE and tools for 40 people. The container is in constant readiness at a station of OOO «EcoService».

In parallel with the training of volunteers, work is being done to train non-specialized formations to fight oil spills. In the Murmansk region, training was conducted by the staff of GOBU «Murmansk aviation forest protection base», GOKU «Directorate (administration) of Specially Protected Natural Territories of Regional Importance in the Murmansk Region», and FGBU «Kandalaksha State Reserve». A manual for employees of coastal PAs on oil spill operations was published for the first time in Russia.