Organization of the RAMOGEPOL exercise "SANREMO 2020"

The Ministry of the Environment and the Italian Coast Guard organized on Thursday, September 17, a pollution control exercise as part of the RAMOGEPOL intervention plan.

Due to the health situation, this simulated exercise did not mobilize naval and air resources. However, its objective was to test, with maximum realism, the coordination and speed of reaction of the French, Monegasque and Italian authorities in the face of a major pollution event.

The scenario of this edition, entitled "SANREMO 2020", feigned the collision between an oil tanker and a yacht off Sanremo, in the maritime border area of ​​the three countries of the Agreement, causing the spill of a large quantity of oil. hydrocarbons threatening the Ligurian, French and Monegasque coasts. The danger represented by this accidental pollution led to the activation of crisis centers in each country and a videoconference with the competent authorities.

This exercise made it possible to verify in particular:

Good communication between the States of the RAMOGE Agreement,
The relevance of the forecast model for the displacement of oil slicks,
Mobilization of the Mediterranean Assistance Unit of REMPEC [1]
Each year, the coordinated RAMOGEPOL exercises aim to optimize the use of the means of intervention engaged by the three countries to fight against marine pollution. As a reminder, their relevance and effectiveness made it possible to considerably limit the environmental impact following the collision between the ro-ro Ulysse and the container ship Virginia off Corsica, in October 2018.

Next year, the Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean will be responsible for organizing the RAMOGEPOL 2021 exercise.

[1] Mediterranean Regional Center for Emergency Response to Accidental Marine Pollution

Source: Gouvernement de Monaco