About Midsis Trocs

The new Maritime Integrated Decision Support Information System on Transport of Chemical Substances (MIDSIS-TROCS4.0) is the result of cooperation efforts of many experts and international and national institutions. MIDSIS-TROCS version 4.0 has been prepared by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) in the framework of the West Mopoco porject  and the  Mediterranean Technical Working Group (MTWG) composed of experts of Mediterranean Coastal States and with the assistance of a Steering Committee comprising the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds (IOPC Funds), the Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (CEDRE), Transport Canada (CANUTEC) and the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd. (ITOPF).

MIDSIS-TROCS is a decision support system based on TROCS 2001 database, which was developed by REMPEC in collaboration with Malta University Services (MUS), for the use of REMPEC's Operational Focal Points. TROCS was renamed Mediterranean Integrated Decision Support Information System on Transport of Chemical Substances in 2003.

Taking into consideration the use of MIDSIS TROCS by response organizations and institutions world wide and by governments in and outside the Mediterranean region and having recognised the non-regional specificity of the data contained in the tool; MIDSIS TROCS was reviewed as a web-based application for universal access and was renamed Maritime Integrated Decision Support Information System on Transport of Chemical Substances (MIDSIS-TROCS).

When a hazardous material marine spill has occurred or is likely to occur, certain decisions need to be taken related to plausible response measures. This tool, designed as a reference for use in the field (downloadable offline application) or office (Online version), is aimed at assisting a person to select such measures. Its scope is to provide a decision-maker with options for response to marine chemical emergencies and to present them in a structured format which can facilitate the decision given the amount of information available at the start of the event.

The tool contains response options presented in decision-tree format which are reinforced by tables, matrices and diagrams, some of which represent actual experiences at marine incident sites. The decision-trees are based on the behaviour classification system for chemicals spilled at sea which is a scheme accepted by the International Maritime Organization and other regional arrangements for combating accidental marine pollution. Other sections have been included which contain information on the behaviour of commonly transported chemicals, the compatibility of chemicals, the resistance of equipment material to chemicals and safety precautions when entering spill sites.

The main added value of this tool in comparison with other existing HNS tools is the availability of accidents reports linked to a specific chemical. Some incident reports are integrated in MIDSIS-TROCS'database whilst other incident information available on reliable websites are linked to MIDSIS TROCS which is used as a network information platform on HNS incidents reports. Likewise and with a view to provide complementary information on the chemical, the tool provides easy access to other existing chemical database such as CAMEO and WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) respectively developed by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other relevant documentation as the Chemical response guides of CEDRE.

The tool is a compilation of information originating from different sources which the Centre has assembled to reflect the current state-of-the-art for responding to marine chemical emergencies, with the hope that the final product is a workable tool to the end-user.  Information sources used include work originating from: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Helsinki Commission - Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission , Bonn Agreement, Centre de Documentation de Recherche et d'Experimentations sur les Pollutions Accidentelles des Eaux (CEDRE), Transport Canada (CANUTEC), Environment Canada, Emergency Services College, Finland, Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), Nordic Council of Ministers and the Finnish Ministry of Interior, North Sea Directorate, Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Ltd. (SIGTTO), Swedish Coast Guard and United States Coast Guard.

The chemical data gathered in the tool has been updated to reflect the developments which took place at the international level mainly with regard to the classification of chemicals and their related GESAMP profiles. REMPEC with the support of its partners above mentioned will endeavor to keep updated the information contained in the tool to the best of its ability. Particular attention will be given to update the section on incident reports. To ensure that responders using MIDSIS TROCS Offline Application have the most recent version in the field, an automatic synchronization with the online application kept updated will be performed each time the offline application is connected to the internet.

It should be noted that the revision of the tool focused on the HNS functionalities while the oil features available in the previous version should be reviewed and integrated in the system in future developments.