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October 16 – The Port of Hull was the location of ABP’s annual oil spill exercise on the Humber. The Incident Management Team (IMT) took part in a fast-paced Incident Management Exercise to test the existing Oil Spill Contingency Plan. This training opportunity was facilitated by Adler and Allan and tested all aspects of the plan from strategy and resources to other matters such business continuity, public health and environmental concerns.
‘Exercise Rotra’ presented an oil spill scenario in which a visiting cargo vessel had accidentally released 5,000 litres of Marine Gas Oil, due to a ruptured fuel tank, into Alexandra Dock with an estimated 300 litres spilt into the Humber. To note, this was a fictional scenario used by the team and was not based on any actual incidents at the port.
As part of the UK National Standards for Marine Oil Spill Response Organisations (OSRO’s), the accrediting body must observe a practical deployment exercise reflecting the OSRO’s Capability Statement.
This was carried out by Captain Bill Boyle from the International Spill Accreditation Scheme who assessed that Adler and Allan can ‘apply the equipment, techniques and strategies appropriate to the scenario in question within agreed timeframes, that personnel have the required level of knowledge, skill and professionalism and that the deployment is managed through effective command and control structures, good communication and demonstration of good health and safety practices’.
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