Oil Spills in Arctic Areas -seminar

International MOSPA 2018 event in Oulu 7-8 March


Oil Spill Exercise in Ice Conditions and Arctic Oil Spill Conference

Observers following the Arctic Exercise in Kemi
Observers following the Arctic Exercise in Kemi

Finland, in a close co-operation with Sweden, will host an international arctic event in the Northern City of Oulu 6-8 March 2018. The event will consists of both an oil recovery exercise in ice conditions and parallel international conference focusing pollution prevention aspects in the Arctic. Event will be run under the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic (MOSPA) and the Copenhagen agreement. Event is supported by the Finnish Ministry of the Foreign Affairs, Finnish Ministry of the Environment, the E.P.P.R. working group of the Arctic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Artic Oil Recovery Rehearsal in Kemi in 2015
Artic Oil Recovery Rehearsal in Kemi in 2015

The seminar is expected to host some 200-250 participants and the conference has following themes:

  • Arctic Council and its working group on Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) and the work under the Arctic MOSPA agreement,
  • Technology for oil in ice response,
  • Search and rescue in Arctic areas,
  • Ecological consequences of oil spills in the Arctic
  • Ice management and weather services in the Arctic
  • Latest research related to oil spills in cold climate.

In connection with the Oil Spills in Arctic Areas –seminar there will be:

  • an exhibition area where companies and authorities can present services, equipment, research  and development projects etc.
  • possibility to follow the MOSPA2O18 oil spill response exercise in the conference area through real-time video streaming
  • possible Arctic innovation or marketing events.

Final Programme for the Conference can be seen here:

As a separate event the EKOMON project’ s final seminar will be organized at the same venue. EKOMON seminar handles questions related on the monitoring of ecological impacts of accidental marine HNS spills.


We have made a block booking at the different hotels in Oulu. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.

Scandic Oulu by emailing oulu@scandichotels.com and booking code is BMOS060318.
Alternatively, you can call the hotel +358 (0) 8 543 1000 and quoting the same booking reference.
Room rates 102 €/single room/night and 122 €/twin room/night, until 13 February 2018.

Original Sokos Hotel Arina by emailing sales.oulu@sokoshotels.fi.
Alternatively, you can call the hotel +358 (0)8 312 3255.
Room rates 109 €/single Comfort room/night and 124 €/twin Comfort room/night, until 9 February 2018.

Lapland Hotel Oulu by emailing oulu@laplandhotels.com and booking code is Oil Spills in Arctic Areas-seminar.
Alternatively, you can call the hotel +358 (0)8 8811 110 and quoting the same booking reference.
Room rates 109 €/single room/night and 124 €/twin room/night, until 6 February 2018.


Logistics and related information will be soon available here.

More Information & Contacts:

MOSPA event arrangements:

  • General Management: jorma.rytkonen@ymparisto.fi
  • Exercise planning: markus.santasalo@ymparisto.fi

Conference, Logistics and Exhibition:

  • tarja.javanainen@merikotka.fi
Published 2018-03-01 at 16:29, updated 2018-03-06 at 12:47