26 June 2012 |
PT Oil Spill Response Indonesia (PT OSRI) was recently invited by the Indonesia Coast Guard (ICG) to participate in its Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) 2012
It was conducted from 19th to 21st June and led by the ICG who is the lead agency to respond to a Tier 3 or major oil spill incident in Indonesia. Hosted by the Tanjung Emas Port Authority, MARPOLEX took place in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia. This exercise was attended by relevant government agencies and our Member Companies.
The exercise featured a scenario designed to test the readiness of the National Response Team (comprises stprovides incident command and coordination of response) to respond to a major marine incident in Indonesian waters. The scenario simulated a collision between an oil tanker and a passenger vessel, causing a fire and an oil spill from the tanker. The Search and Rescue unit was also activated to rescue five personnel who were lost overboard. The exercise involved 27 vessels, one helicopter and two ambulances.
Being part of MARPOLEX allowed PT OSRI to engage with local government, industry and response agencies to introduce the company on a Tier 3 level, and our ability to add value to the response effort should an oil spill happen. The opportunity to observe and advise also allowed us to integrate further with the Indonesian government and industry to develop greater possibilities to assist them.
Prior to the actual deployment exercise, OSRL was invited to observe a tabletop exercise conducted by the National Response Team. A Tier 3 workshop was also held for PT OSRI, ICG and our Member Companies operating locally to discuss the process for activating international assistance using upstream spills as scenarios, demonstrating the increased awareness in Indonesia about the importance of having a seamless response chain especially for major spill incidents relating to the upstream industry.