On Wednesday 16th of November we had a symposium organised by the Spill Response Group Holland (SRGH) and NHL University of Applied Sciences (NHL). We combined this with the retirement of mr. Wierd Koops, professor at the NHL and chairman of the SRGH. Mr. Koops has played an important role for over 40 years in combating oil and chemical emergencies on the water. The last 10 years he has been associated with the SRGH as chairman and as of December 1, 2008 at the NHL as professor Maritime, Marine, Environment and Safety Management. Mr Koops played an important role, national and internationally in the prevention, preparation, response and evaluation of oil and chemical disasters on the water. He has been involved in many incidents with ships all over the world and has broad experience in international projects (Helcom, Bonn Agreement, Barcelona Convention, IMO and EU).
Because of his long experience, passion, and added value in oil & chemical spill response we felt his retirement could not pass unnoticed. We combined this with a symposium about how to make oil spill reponse more effective and efficient. During the symposium we listened to lectures from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment (RWS) and the Port of Rotterdam. We also joined in workshops about challenges in oil response on the Waddensea, a practical approach towards spill response, and an interactive session decision making in oil spill response options. Mr. Koops, accompanied by his family, gave us his last lecture and delegates from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, SRGH and NHL looked back at his career with memorable words and images. Have a look at the impression on the website of the SRGH of the event. Although Mr. Koops says he retires as of 1 december 2016, we wonder if he can keep his promise. We wish him and his family a very bright and happy future!