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Coast Guard Participates in Joint Pollution Response Exercise

The U.S. Coast Guard and the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, in cooperation with TSAKOS Shipping, Sunoco, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and The O'Brien's Group are scheduled to conduct a joint pollution response exercise June 27 - 29. The objective of the joint pollution response operations is to exercise the Area Contingency Plan and other industry plans that would be utilized during an incident at the Big Stone Anchorage in the Delaware Bay. TSAKOS Shipping, a leading worldwide marine transportation company, and Sunoco have volunteered to sponsor the exercise. TSAKOS Shipping is currently involved in transporting oil to Sunoco facilities on the Delaware River.

Coast Guard, Other Agencies Participate in Response Exercise

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise this Saturday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the Port of Baltimore. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard's mass rescue plan. The objectives of Nautical Shield 2007 are to exercise notification procedures, establish a unified command, keep the public and media informed, deploy resources to conduct on-water oil spill recovery operations and implement protection strategies outlined in security plans.

Emergency Personnel Participate in Oil Spill Response Program

Nearly 250 first responders participated in a National Preparedness Response Exercise Program in Los Angeles including U.S. Coast Guard, Chevron, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response, NOAA, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Los Angeles County Fire Department, El Segundo Fire Department, Oiled Wildlife Care Network, Marine Spill Response Corporation, National Response Corporation, The Response Group, CardnoEntrix, Clean Harbors, Environmental Science Services and Gallagher Marine. Several other local first responders attended the exercise as observers, May 14, 2013. The National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) is designed to test oil spill response plans of certain vessels and facilities.

Great Lakes Joint Security/Oil Spill Response Exercises

Cutter Alder off Duluth: Photo credit USCG

The Coast Guard, along with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies, is conducting a full-scale, anti-terrorism and oil spill response exercise in the Port of Duluth-Superior Aug. 28-29, 2013. In addition to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, participants in Operation Peeking Duck will include maritime industry representatives from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, oil spill response agencies, as well as representatives from fire, emergency management and local law enforcement agencies.

USCG, Enbridge to Conduct Oil Spill Response Exercise

The Coast Guard 9th District, partner agencies, and Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership will conduct a full-scale oil spill response exercise in Indian River, Michigan, Wednesday. More than 200 participants from the Coast Guard; Enbridge; the Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet County Office of Emergency Management; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; and the Environmental Protection Agency, will participate in the exercise, which simulates a breach in Enbridge’s Line 5 and a worst-case discharge of light crude oil.

Terrorism and Oil Response Drill Set for Port of Duluth

A multi-agency anti-terrorism and oil spill response drill will took place Wednesday and Thursday at the Naval Reserve Center. The United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, in coordination with the transportation industry, the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and local area police, fire and emergency management agencies will conduct a full scale anti-terrorism and oil spill response exercise at various pre-designated sites within the Duluth-Superior area. Another player in the exercise will be the Minnesota National Guard, they will mobilize vehicles and uniformed personnel. The exercise scenario is not based on any credible threat.

USCG Cutter in Oregon Spill Drill

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Bellone (yellow hat), a boatswain's mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., observes the buoy deck as the 60-foot-long Fast Sweep Boom is ra

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Oregon, participated in a Spilled Oil Response System exercise near Blake Island, Washington, Wednesday. The exercise was part of an annual response exercise and included members of the Coast Guard 13th District Response Advisor Team, Pacific Strike Team out of Novato, California, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Washington State Department of Ecology, Harley Marine Service Inc., Navy Region Northwest, Washington State Ferries, and the Marine Spill Response Corporation.  

Coast Guard to Participate in Multi-Agency Response Exercise

The Coast Guard will lead a multi-agency response exercise Monday to implement the preparedness plans of federal, state and local agencies in the national capital region. Exercise Nautical Shield 2007, is designed to implement the Area Maritime Security Plan, Area Contingency Plan and the Coast Guard's mass rescue plan. The objectives of Nautical Shield 2007 are to exercise notification procedures, establish a unified command, keep the public and media informed, deploy resources to conduct on-water oil spill recovery operations and implement protection strategies outlined in security plans. Other federal, state, county, and local assisting and cooperating agencies involved in the drill include the Environmental Protection Agency…

BSEE Attends Arctic Council Meeting

David Moore (Photo: BSEE)

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) David M. Moore recently traveled to Seattle, Wash., for a meeting of the Arctic Council Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group. The EPPR Working Group addresses various aspects of prevention, preparedness, and response to environmental emergencies in the Arctic. Working Group members, which include representatives from eight member nations, share information on best practices and conduct projects to develop guidance and risk assessment methodologies, response exercises and training specific to the Arctic.

Houston Conducts Oil Spill Response Drill

Local, state and federal agencies are holding an oil spill response exercise at the Port of Houston, April 25-26. The exercise scenario simulates an explosion, fire onboard the ship Cape Trinity, and a 252,000 gallon oil spill in the turning basin of the Houston Ship Channel. The Cape Trinity is a Maritime Administration (MARAD) ship used for transporting military equipment and supplies overseas. The exercise, called Trinity 2006, will be used to train and test local responders and response plans. Agencies participating in the exercise include: U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Texas General Land Office, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration…

Responders Conduct Spill Exercise

A boat crew deploys boom during a prep exercise in Cleveland. Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland to participate in a preparedness response exercise. (Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 3rd Jim Connor

Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland this week to participate in a preparedness response exercise. Exercises such as this one are designed to improve communication, planning and emergency response proficiency across local, state and federal agencies in the event of an oil spill in any navigable waterway, like the Cuyahoga River. "Today's exercise was a big success and an excellent opportunity for numerous agencies and organizations to gather and practice working together in a unified command setting," said Cmdr.

Hong Kong Conducts Oil Spill Exercise

An annual oil spill response joint exercise, this year code-named Oilex 2013, was held on October 17 off Ha Mei Wan, Lamma Island, to test responses in combating oil pollution in Hong Kong waters. Under the Maritime Oil Spill Response Plan, the Marine Department coordinated the exercise and other government departments including the Civil Aid Service, the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Government Flying Service (GFS) and the Hong Kong Police Force participated. Several oil companies and Hong Kong Response Limited also took part in the exercise.

NRC Wins Marine HAZMAT Response Contract

NRC  announced  that it has been awarded a multi-year contract with a major chemicalcompany for global 24/7 emergency response services in the event of a Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) or Hazardous & Noxious Substances (HNS) chemical related marine incident.        NRC’s core responsibility involves the provision of expert personnel and specialist HAZMAT equipment packages housed at NRC’s global response hubs in the USA, UK, and UAE. The equipment packages are ‘air-freight ready’ for rapid mobilization to an incident anywhere in the world. The range of the response services involves desktop advice, 3D spill modelling, participation in tabletop response exercises, remote incident advice, full-scale incident emergency response with equipment and personnel, and subsequent incident cleanup.

Pollution Response Team to Conduct Training in Juneau

A multi-agency pollution response training event will be conducted in the Juneau area during this week from May 13-15. The exercise is being coordinated under the Preparedness for Response Exercise Program, which has established requirements for periodically exercising oil spill response contingency plans throughout the country. A joint exercise team, consisting of local oil spill response planners, has been meeting to plan this exercise since January. A specialized team of Coast Guard exercise planners from the National Strike Force Coordination Center in North Carolina facilitated the team throughout the planning process. The Juneau Delta Western facility volunteered to participate as the lead industry planner for the exercise.

Panama Canal Practices Emergency Oil Spill Techniques

Oil spill emergency response teams gathered at the Panama Canal to attend the sixth International Mobilization, Preparedness & Response Exercise, held Dec. 4-6. During the event, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) worked with various non-profits to test its emergency response system in affiliation with local and international organizations. MOBEX’s goal is to evaluate the Canal’s response mechanism for large oil spill accidents and measure the ACP’s ability to alleviate the environmental effects and protect those in the surrounding area.

Caspian Sea States Cooperate on Pollution Response

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined countries and stakeholders concerned with protecting the Caspian Sea from oil pollution at a regional meeting in Bandar-e Anzali, Islamic Republic of Iran (16-20 April). Participants are discussing the implementation of the Aktau Protocol on Regional Preparedness, Response and Cooperation in Combating Oil Pollution Incidents and, in particular, finalization of the Regional Caspian Sea Plan on cooperation in combating oil pollution in emergencies.

BSEE Evaluates Oil Spill Response Exercise

(Photo: BSEE)

Engineers and analysts from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's (BSEE) Gulf of Mexico and Alaska Regions recently evaluated Spill Response Operations Training and Equipment Verification exercises conducted by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company and its oil spill removal contractor at the Port of Morgan City, La. These exercises are required periodically to test spill response team training and resource availability, as part of each operator’s Oil Spill Response Plan.

Singapore, Malaysia Conduct Joint Chemical Spill Drill

Photo: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM) conducted a joint chemical spill exercise at sea along the East Johor Straits to test the Joint Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for chemical spill incidents and the communication linkages between the Operation Liaison Officers (OLOs) and the Environment Liaison Officers (ELOs) in both countries. Jointly developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Marine Department of Malaysia (MDM)…

Public Meeting to Address NPREP Guidelines

Maritime industry leaders will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 19 with representatives of the relevant government agencies to have a dialogue addressing concerns with, and ways to improve, the recently published draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines. Preparing for the contingency of a maritime casualty has long been a priority of the industry, which has often been at the leading edge of improved standards and training. The public meeting will address concerns and issues of vital interest to many communities across the country. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. in Washington, D.C., Ronald Reagan International Trade Building, Polaris Suite.

Industry, Government Collaborate on Long Island Sound Casualty Simulation

On September 17, McAllister Towing and Reinauer Transportation will be partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and Sector New York in a major simulated marine accident and pollution incident on the waters of Long Island Sound. Responders will be faced with a simulated grounding and subsequent oil spill impacting the waters and shoreline of Connecticut and New York. The exercise is part of the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP), a voluntary program bringing together industry and government to meet the exercise and preparedness requirements of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, legislation enacted following the Exxon Valdez.

Tampa Bay Coast Guard Tests Pollution-Recovery System

Coast Guard personnel from Sector St. Petersburg, along with members from Port Manatee and Tampa Fire and Rescue, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto, Fla., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill. A VOSS is designed to be transported to a spill site and convert a vessel, 60-feet or longer, into a single-ship, substance-recovery platform. The Falcon, a 90-foot tug owned by Sea Bulk Towing, was used in today's training exercise. The last time a VOSS was deployed in the Tampa Bay area was Aug.

Florida - USCG Pollution-Response Exercise

Coast Guard members from Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, homeported in St. Petersburg, along with personnel from Port Manatee, conducted a pollution-response exercise at the Port of Manatee in Palmetto on Nov. 13. The exercise was aimed at testing and improving the Coast Guard's ability to assemble, deploy and operate a Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS). A VOSS is used to isolate and collect the spilled substance during or after a spill.

BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell’s Arctic Equipment

Photo: BSEE

Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today. BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire oversaw the testing to ensure compliance with Federal safety standards for oil and gas exploration on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf. The capping stack, used to contain the flow of oil in the event that all primary and backup blowout prevention equipment fails during drilling…

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