Oil spill drill tests re­sponse

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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.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity

Pil­bara Ports Au­thor­ity con­ducted an oil spill drill at the Port of Dampier in May.

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