INTERTANKO participates in WWF online debate

Over the next two weeks INTERTANKO will be taking part in an online debate run by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Focused on primary school children aged 9 to 11 years old, the debate is based on a role play using an imaginary oil spill situation off the Galapagos.

The debate aims at increasing children’s awareness of the varying factors and parties involved during an oil spill, and requires them to take the specific roles of those parties that would be involved in such a spill. INTERTANKO is acting as the tanker captain and will field questions from those children who will be taking on this role within their schools. They have been asked to discuss the reasons for such an accident, how the spill could be cleaned up and how the ship could be saved. The overall aim of the exercise is to look at the scenario in terms of sustainable development, taking into consideration the need to supply oil while at the same time looking at the potential risks associated with its transportation.

Other roles that the children will play include the oil company, the local tourist board, the local people and the local marine research station.

Although the site is only available to the school children and the experts involved for the time being, once concluded, WWF will be summarising the scenarios and the developments of the incident with an account of the questions that were raised. INTERTANKO hopes to be able to provide the children with factual advice regarding the tanker industry and international matters relating to the industry and oil spills.

Contact: Tim Wilkins