The ARCSAR Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Event 2

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The ARCSAR Innovation and Knowledge Exchange Event 2

24-25 February 2020, Intercontinental Hotel, Grey St, Wellington, New Zealand
27 February 2020, Marine Oil Pollution Service,755 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand

From Antarctic to Arctic: Seminar on Innovations and Solutions for Coordination and Emergency Response in Remote Areas

The second Innovation and Knowledge Exchange event is a combination of a seminar focusing on experiences and best practices to emergency response and coordination from New Zealand and the Antarctic region, and a visit to the Marine Oil Pollution Service in Auckland. The event is co-organized by Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) and NORD University and is part of ARCSAR WP2.

New Zealand’s search and rescue region (SRR) and the Antarctic region are extremely vast and face similar challenges in emergency response and coordination as the Arctic region. The seminar will focus on giving the ARCSAR partners an overview of SAR and oil spill response systems in New Zealand, NZ approach to issues within Antarctica, as well as best practices on cooperation with Indigenous partners, research institutes, and other stakeholders. The idea is to draw innovative examples from New Zealand to bring home to the Arctic.
The first part of the event is a two-day seminar hosted by RCCNZ in Wellington. The second part of the event is a visit to the Marine Oil Pollution Service based in Auckland.

More information and agenda:

Information & Agenda (PDF)

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For ARCSAR Innovation and knowledge exchange event matters:

Odd Jarl Borch,
Mike Hill,

For ARCSAR project, accommodation and venue related matters:

Mike Hill,
Irene Andreassen,




Feb 24 2020 - Feb 28 2020


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Learning from real life survival: NZ Antarctica
The Russian fishing vessel “Sparta” in 2011 got hull damage and took in water. The vessel had 32 people on board, and it was not built for operating in Polar waters. The NZ Air Force flew over with their Hercules plane to drop equipment in order for the crew to fix the damages to the hull. Two drops of equipment were necessary, as the first did not contain the needed equipment. One of the learning points was to ask more questions in order to make sure that kits contain everything that is needed for a specific situation. The whole operation took about one month in total and all lives were saved. 📷Royal NZ Air Force

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True innovation for first responders being tested in UK. Would be interesting to find out how the equipment holds in cold ANA conditions.

"The Great North Air Ambulance reached out and constructed a typical rescue scenario. Calling in helicopter support for each and every case isn't possible or practical which leaves vehicle & foot approach. What if the Critical Care first responder could locate and stabilise the casualty within minutes of vehicle arrival. Well in this exercise we did it in 90 seconds vs the 25 minutes of arduous climb!"

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