Improving maritime safety and Atlantic Regions coastal pollution response through technology transfer, training and innovation

ARCOPOL plus Brochure


2007-2013 Atlantic Area Programme. ERDF, Interreg Atlantic Area. Priority 2

Project Description

ARCOPOLplus, Atlantic Regions Coastal Pollution Response, is a project framed in the Atlantic Area Transnational Programme built on the knowledge and outcomes developed by ARCOPOL project (2009-2011), that aims to further improve maritime safety reinforcing the preparedness, response and mitigation capabilities of local and regional responders to oil and HNS&acuates (Harmful Noxious Substances) spills in Atlantic regions through technology transfer, training and innovation.

On the one hand, ARCOPOL outputs will be upgraded and implemented through pilot actions and training activities in which key stakeholders from different regions will be involved.

On the other hand, several gaps identified in the HNS knowledge will be addressed and further incorporated into local and regional contingency planning to contribute to build a reasonable and efficient response. Innovative tracking, forecasting and decision support tools will be adapted to the needs of local and regional authorities that will be trained on their application.

Moreover, ARCOPOLplus will reinforce the existing Atlantic network of expertise in oil and HNS preparedness and response by promoting a higher involvement of the industry and key stakeholders, by developing innovative educational materials and by compiling and integrating relevant information.

The total ARCOPOLplus budget yields 1,920,215 €.

Project period: 01/01/2012 - 31/04/2014, duration 2.5 years.


1. To improve preparedness and response capabilities by elaborating innovative products and carrying out training and technology transfer activities for local and regional authorities.
2. To produce key knowledge on HNS and to upgrade and implement all tools developed in ARCOPOL at contingency planning.
3. To reinforce and consolidate the network of Atlantic expertise on oil and HNS response by integrating the industry and capitalizing new results from ongoing initiatives.


The project will be developed by a consortium involving partners from 4 countries of the Atlantic Area (UK, Portugal, Ireland and Spain), where regional and local competent agencies and authorities as well as research organizations are well represented. In addition, it will be supported by an Advisory Body comprised of key authorities and experts.

1. Centro Tecnológico del Mar - Fundación CETMAR (Lead Partner), Spain
2. Instituto Tecnolóxico para o Control do Medio Mari&ntilteo (INTECMAR), Spain
3. Universidade de Vigo, Spain
4. Consejería de Justicia e Interior - Junta de Andalucía, Spain
5. Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio - Junta de Andalucía, Spain
6. Universidad de Cádiz (UCA), Spain
7. Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Spain
8. Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR), Portugal 9. National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), Ireland
10. Pembrokeshire County Council, UK
11. Public Health England (PHE), UK
12. Centre for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), UK

Associated partners
- Consellería do Medio Rural e do Mar - Xunta de Galicia, Spain
- Consellería de Medio Ambiente, Territorio e Infraestruturas - Xunta de Galicia, Spain

Halpin Centre Participation

The Halpin Centre, Maritime Safety and Security, works in most of the work packages in this project, specifically in WP 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7.

- WP1. Project management and coordination
- WP2. Filling gaps in knowledge on HNS behaviour at sea & implementation at operational level
- WP3. Upgrading and transference of tools for HC and HNS detection, forecasting & risk analysis
- WP6. Networking through innovation
- WP7. Communication and dissemination