Impact analysis on the oil pollution response services of the European Maritime Safety Agency during the Covid-19 pandemic (2006-2020)

Ucak S. S.

MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, vol.174, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 174
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.113220
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Core, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, Environment Index, Geobase, MEDLINE, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Oil spill, The European Maritime Safety Agency, Oil pollution response services, Network of stand-by oil spill response vessels, The Covid-19 pandemic, IMPLEMENTATION, ACCIDENT, SPILLS, SPAIN
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


This study focuses on oil pollution response services performed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA). In this context, the annual reports on all drills and exercises published between 2006 and 2020 were analyzed in detail. The main goal of the study is to identify the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that broke out in 2020 on the oil pollution response services carried out in the last 15 years. Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020 and the resulting travel restrictions, EMSA was unable to participate directly in drills, exercises and tests, and it audited the services remotely. As a result, the Covid-19 pandemic, has been seen disrupted the oil pollution response services of the agency.