NRC and AOST Announce the Launch of a Mediterranean Alliance for the Provision of Comprehensive Oil Spill Services in the Region
Global oil spill provider NRC International Services Ltd and the Malta-based oil and gas service company AOST Group Ltd have signed an agreement to provide a comprehensive oil spill response capability in Malta and the surrounding Mediterranean region. AOST is an operator in the OSRA spill response network. The joint initiative creates a far-reaching regional oil spill capability, which encompasses existing response resources in Malta, Greece, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Gibraltar and Italy and combines the local presence and resources of NRC and AOST with the global capability and reach of NRC. NRC will place additional oil spill equipment in Malta to complement AOST resources in the region and the two companies will undergo cross training and joint exercises as part of the regional response alliance.
The alliance will allow the provision of a broad range of oil spill and related services to clients within the Mediterranean covering oil & gas exploration and production, marine transportation, oil distribution and marine and salvage operations.
Senior Vice President of NRC, Neil Challis said “NRC has maintained a strong presence in the Mediterranean region since 2004 through oil spill services to the oil and gas sector in Turkey, Egypt, and Cyprus and through incident response such as that in Lebanon in 2006. With increased focus on oil & gas reserves in the region, we have recognised the demand from our clients for greater local oil spill capability and we believe that this initiative will greatly assist our clients as they look to proactively manage their risk in the Mediterranean. This development with AOST will allow us to better support oil spill requirements and will also provide an opportunity for us to introduce our environmental, industrial cleaning and waste management services to oil and gas customers and service companies in the region.”
The Commercial Director of AOST, Adrien Bonnici said, “We have worked closely with NRC for a few years already, starting with supporting their operations in Egypt in 2012. AOST has been providing the oil and gas industry with training and logistics services in the Mediterranean for 25 years, and during the last eight years has developed a strong in-country spill response capability through the OSRA network. We are actively protecting the environment through stand-by contracts, training and consultancy, as well as the 28 incidents that we have responded to in the last five years, in Greece, Malta and offshore Tunisia. We are excited by this initiative that allows us to extend a fuller, integrated regional response service to our clients in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
NRC is a global provider of diversified environmental, industrial, and emergency response solutions and one of the world’s largest commercial providers of oil spill preparedness and response services. Headquartered in Great River, New York, NRC has over 1,000 staff in offices throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, the Caspian Region and the Far East. www.nrcc.com
AOST is a provider of integrated logistics solutions for the Shipping and Oil and Gas sectors, with a special focus on Europe, Middle East and Africa. Headquartered in the UK, AOST delivers training, manages maintenance, transportation and supply projects, and coordinates the OSRA network of six oil spill response bases across the Mediterranean Sea. www.aost.com
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Issued jointly by NRC and AOST on the 26 August 2015