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Managing A Virtual IMS

Friday, December 4, 2020

How to Manage a Virtual IMS

The Covid-19 pandemic has required us to change much of what we do to maintain the same level of service throughout the last eight months. We have responded to oil spills using social distancing rules, delivered our courses remotely and conducted exercises on virtual platforms.

We know that dealing with an incident remotely presents a significant challenge for many organisations. Taking this into account, we are pleased to publish OSRL's Incident Management System Core Group addendum on the Virtual Incident Management System.

The document covers managing an incident remotely from the office or home. It highlights critical information that can assist our clients when having to deal with an incident remotely and offers some tips on how to manage the stress of an incident when working remotely.

I'm pleased to share the addendum.

If you would like to discuss Virtual Incident Management Systems in more detail, please send me an email at

Author Bio(s)

Tim Coombs

Principal Trainer

Tim joined OSRL with 22 years as a Marine Engineering Technician in the Royal Navy and is experienced in Gas Turbine Propulsion and Hydraulic Systems. Having completed 14 years as a Chief Petty Officer, he brings experience in engineering and leadership to the company. 

Since joining OSRL Tim has also been in the position of Workshop and Maintenance Supervisor and responded to spills in Australia, India, Gibraltar and the UK, as well as the 2010 Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico and more recently to Gabon, Africa as a Technical Advisor.

As a Principal Trainer Tim has delivered training in West and Central Africa, South America, Falkland Islands, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan (where he also responded to an incident), Germany, Holland, Gibraltar and the UK.

Tim holds the position of Chair for OSRL’s Incident Management System (IMS) Core Group which specialise in emergency management systems used around the globe and has delivered training in this subject to several of our members.