Oil & Chemical Spill Response

Short course

Do you work in the oil industry, for a government or a company that is specialised in oil and chemical spill response? Then you should know about the hazards and risks posed by the substances involved, the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and how to make a plan of action. This course provides you with all the needed knowledge and skills during four separate course components.

  • Experienced instructors.
  • Possibility to register for individual course components.
  • English-taught



  • Terschelling


  • English

After this course

After finishing all the components of the Oil & Chemical Spill Response course, you will be able to recognise hazards and understand the most important theoretical aspects regarding chemicals and oil. During the course, you will learn more about the several properties of chemical substances and how they might behave when spilt. With this knowledge, you will be able to fully assess the risks, devise a plan to deal with any oil spill or chemical spill, and ensure that the response team operates in a safe way.

Course duration and dates

Entry requirements

This course is fine-tuned to people who professionally work in the field of emergency management on water and coastline.

For instance, personnel of:

  • Public authorities: water management authorities (all levels), port authorities, coastal municipalities, fire brigades, etc.
  • Industries: refineries, offshore, terminals, shipping companies, etc.
  • NGO’s: engineering agencies, research institutes, environmental pressure groups, nature management organisations.
  • Others: salvage companies, recovery and prevention companies, P & I clubs, insurance companies, etc.

The maximum number of participants is 30.

Practical learning

Course contents

This course deals with the complex factors which are involved in the world of oil and chemical spill response. The programme is divided into three parts, each providing specific knowledge and skills matching the central topic. The several parts together form a solid preparation for professional practice in the field.

Course contents

This course covers the following subjects:

  • Course component 1: the characteristics, behaviour, transportation and the effects of spilt substances
  • Course component 2: the response methods and their limitations, combined with a simulator demonstration and training
  • Course component 3: relevant laws and regulations with regard to organisations, liability and compensation

The course is taught in English.

Practical content

All our courses provide practical and hands-on experience based on the knowledge and expertise of our instructors.


The course content is in line with 2 IMO levels; the supervisors and on-scene commanders (Level 2) and Senior Managers (Level 3).

Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate (IMO level 2/3) will be issued by MIWB. All our simulators and the organisation are DNV approved.

Study at NHL Stenden


For registration please fill out the course registration sheet. After registration we will provide you with further detailed information. Each course has a limited number of places available. If the course is fully booked, we will put you on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.