Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) develops and maintains oil spill preparedness on the Norwegian Continental Shelf in order to combat oil pollution on behalf of all 31 operating oil companies. This includes response in open seas as well as in coastal waters and along shorelines.
NOFO is a dedicated, non-profit 24h/7d a week, oil spill response organisation with 30 full-time employees, 50+ duty/reinforcement personnel from operating oil companies and 80+ operators/ maintenance persons assigned to 5 bases. Associated to NOFO is a Special Team of 60+ skilled; advisors, on site commanders, team leaders and HSE advisors for Coast and Shoreline response, and a Beach Response Team of 40 skilled responders and team leaders with a 36 hour response time.
Assigned to NOFO is a fleet of 31 Oil Recovery vessels and 28 towing vessels for mechanical recovery and /or dispersion offshore, and a fleet of 60 fishing vessels for coastal operations, all designed for response, and trained minimum twice annually. NOFO has a continuous focus on development of new response technology through sponsorship, technical advice and participation in selected industry projects, followed by field testing and verification of promising concepts during annual oil-on-water exercises.
NOFO is part of the well-established national emergency preparednes s model in Norway, which combines public and private oil spill response resources.
“This network of oil spill response organisations is very valuable for NOFO.
We get to take part in the world`s most professional network within our industry, in which there are great benefits. We can utilise each other`s experience, participate in interdisciplinary discussions, and we have professional discussion partners at our disposal.
The most valuable part of the GRN however, are the Operational Teams – they conduct a great many academic discussions that will help the further development of oil spill preparedness.
NOFO`s participation in the GRN has great personal value for me. I get to know and meet regularly with leaders in similar organisations, and I also appreciate the mentorship from the other members. “
Leif J Kvamme, GRN Executive Committee