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“Am I capable of managing an oil spill incident at a strategic level?”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Am I capable of managing an oil spill incident at a strategic level

This question might have appeared on your mind when you assumed the role of an Incident Commander or a key decision maker during an incident. So how do you go about enhancing or refreshing your knowledge?

I always enjoy talking to delegates on our courses. Most of our Management course delegates are Emergency Response personnel or Senior Managers and they come to me with questions such as:

“How should we organise and manage our resources during an oil spill?”

“How do we know if this is the best response strategy?”

“When do we terminate the response? Who makes the decision?”

“What are the different international conventions for compensation?”

Interestingly, they find that they are not alone and often resonate with others in the class who have faced the same challenges. We are very pleased that these issues were brought to the table for discussion, allowing us to share practical tips to real-life scenarios based on our vast experience in the industry. This part of the course is something that many delegates always find useful.

The Management course is designed to take you through a journey on the topics related to an oil spill incident – from selecting the most appropriate response strategies, incident management system, international co-operation to introduction of various compensation regimes. You will have an opportunity to practise the knowledge gained from the training and test your capability in handling an oil spill as a team.

We keep our courses interactive and engaging through a range of activities. The first part of the course comprises of classroom presentations, group discussions and scenario-based table-top exercises. On the last day of the course, you will role-play on how to handle the media as the team is in midst of responding to an on-going oil spill incident. The room is staged to simulate a scene where you will address the media during an initial press conference.

By the end of the training, we often receive feedback from delegates that they appreciate the realities and complexities of an oil spill incident and feel more confident to manage difficult situations.

If you too find yourselves facing challenges in managing an oil spill and would to learn from the experts, why not join us at the next Oil Spill Management Course (IMO Level 3) course?

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Author Bio(s)

Sim Kai Jing

Senior Trainer

Kai Jing holds an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. She joined Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) as a Spill Response Specialist and was involved in numerous client exercises, engagements, equipment maintenance, and oil spill incidents, assuming various positions in the Emergency Management Team and in-field activities.

Kai Jing is currently a Senior Trainer from the Training and Consultancy Department based in Singapore. She is experienced in managing and delivering many outstanding regional and global training projects in the past decade, both face-to-face and remote training – IMO Level 1, 2, and 3 Oil Spill Response, ICS/IMS, Crisis Management, and other customised training courses.

Kai Jing leads the annual OSRL Flexi-Trainer APAC course; coaching and mentoring, teaching the relevant skills to deliver training. She has also obtained the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and is developing further on Crisis Communications.

Kai Jing has participated in the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Seminar, NOWPAP MERRAC Meeting, GI initiative sessions, and local and regional exercises to share knowledge with the industry as an OSRL representative. Her spill response experience includes a pipeline spill incident where she led as the Logistics Section Chief, vessel collision incidents in Singapore as the Planning Section Chief, Vessel Dispersant Operations Group, and Waste Management Group.