Oil spill drill tests response
Pilbara Ports Authority conducted an oil spill exercise with its port users and service providers at the Port of Dampier in May to test emergency response and equipment deployment.
Exercise Consolidation was based on a scenario involving a significant oil leak from a bulk carrier at the Parker Point berth on May 11.
The exercise involved 50 participants from PPA, Australian Marine Services, Rio Tinto, Mermaid Marine, Westug and VIVA Energy.
PPA Dampier harbour master Vikas Bangia said the exercise tested PPA’s emergency plans.
“One of the key learning outcomes of the exercise was the sharing of emergency equipment and facilities between external agencies, which resulted in objectives achieved in a safe and efficient manner,” he said.
“The exercise also demonstrated that PPA’s Marine Oil Pollution Committee play a vital role in keeping all participants aware of the essential requirements needed for an oil spill incident, including available equipment within the wider port.”
Mr Bangia said the exercise ensured a seamless response effort with external organisations.
The Pilbara Ports Authority’s Dampier Port overseas shipping traffic around the Dampier Archipelago, including Rio Tinto’s port facilities.
Pilbara Ports Authority conducted an oil spill drill at the Port of Dampier in May.