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King of Norway to attend opening of Interspill 2004

Posted: 22 March 2004

HM King Harald will undertake the official opening of the comprehensive, international Oil Spill Technology Conference and Exhibition in Trondheim, Norway, on 14 June.

The announcement was very well received by the President of Interspill 2004, Mr Tore W. Sundquist.

“We are exceedingly glad that His Majesty thus demonstrates genuine interest in this truly important global challenge. His presence will undoubtedly enhance the significance of this event, which will attract the finest expertise in the world on oil spill prevention and response”, Mr Sundquist says.

Interspill 2004 is organised by NOSCA (Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association), which co-owns the Interspill concept through a separate agreement with the sister organisations in France (Sycopol) and Great Britain (BOSCA). Mr Sundquist says that there is a very keen interest in both the conference and the exhibition. The event is expected to attract some 700 participants.

The four-day conference features the main theme “Clean Seas, Global Concern, Local Solutions.” The conference programme includes 70 contributions by speakers representing 20 countries.

In addition, 10 experts are invited to the main session. Among them we find the Norwegian Minister of Fisheries and the Minister of Fisheries and Shipping of Galicia, Spain, Mr Enrique César López Veiga.

The latter will especially address The Prestige incident and the subsequent impacts on the fishery and fish farming industries in Spain and France.

Mr Tore W. Sundquist is also pleased that the USA and Russia have located a workshop to Trondheim in connection with Interspill and their bilateral agreement on cooperation on oil spill prevention and response.

“This emphasizes the importance of the event and the fact that delegates may acquaint themselves with available top equipment and technology presented at the show,” Mr Sundquist concludes.

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