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MOIG was initiated by the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), following a joint Oil Spill Response Seminar organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and IPIECA in Cairo in 1992, where a commitment was made to set up an industry network in the Mediterranean region. 

The first MOIG meeting took place in Rome in April 1995. Officially institutionalized in Tunisia, MOIG provides a regional oil industry forum concentrating on oil spill preparedness and response for the Mediterranean Region. It provides a regional industry interface with the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and with the global oil industry via IPIECA. 

MOIG serves as a regional oil industry forum on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response for the Mediterranean region to ensure industry coordination in the event of an oil spill. 

MOIG objectives are to:

  • Promote regional cooperation, within the oil industry and between governments and the oil industry on a national and regional basis by creating a regional network of stakeholders involved in industry oil spill preparedness and response activities in the Mediterranean region.
  • Enhance preparedness and response to oil spill incidents in the Mediterranean region by acting as a regional forum for information exchange and discussion on oil spill matters and facilitating provision of available industry resources, equipment and expertise for education and training purposes.