|dc.description.abstract||"The first exercise under the Agreement on Cooperation on Marine Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response in the Arctic was hosted by Canada, and specifically organised by the Canadian Coast Guard as National Competent Authority for vessels source incidents. It was conducted in concert with the eight signatory nations to the Agreement, Denmark as represented in coordination with Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Russian Federation and the United States of America. Numerous individuals representing the 31 distinct agencies with specific responsibilities under the Agreement were in one manner or another involved in a fully functional, divided-event exercise, executed in real time (simulated date) across all time zones.
A fully functional, divided-event concept was proposed as a means to address the newness of the Agreement and Operational Guidelines and to further develop familiarity between agencies which may had only limited interaction in the past. The concept provided scheduling flexibility, controlled realism, manageable costs, and importantly allowed for simple application of exercise objectives. A three-event or phased approach was designed to simulate the Notification of Parties, Phase 1, the Request for, development and receipt of Offers of Assistance, Phase 2, and finally the Movement of Resources across borders, Phase 3, conducted as a table top discussion of the requirements to facilitate such movements into Canada." /.../||en_US