The International Maritime Organization’s International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation (OPRC) requires National Authorities to have in place a process of oil spill training to ensure that all involved in the response to a maritime oil spill are adequately trained and prepared for their roles.
The UK authorities, UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), have developed standards for such training in the UK that are adapted from IMO model courses and tailored to meet UK needs for both ports and harbours and the offshore oil and gas industry.
Agencies and commercial providers deliver the training according to the standards set by the UK Agencies.
On behalf of the UK Agencies, The Nautical Institute accredits the training providers to the UK standards provided by the MCA and DECC and reports to MCA and DECC on the performance of the scheme overall.
Both UK and non-UK providers are able to gain NI Accreditation status by meeting the UK standards, and as certain IMO levels are compatible with the UK scheme levels, demonstrate accreditation to IMO equivalent levels as well. The IMO recognises the NI Accreditation Scheme.