BPTT places priority on environmental protection
According to Pfannsteil, “I think that everyone did a great job here today. Valuable lessons were learnt including the importance of working with the prevailing environmental conditions in finding a solution to each crisis. Everyone worked well together and this exercise was an overall success. Protecting the environment requires constant vigilance and these exercises help to instil this approach.”
Williams explained the objective of the exercise: “In order to ensure that we are ready and able to respond quickly and effectively to any incident, we practise these drills periodically. They allow us to ensure that all of the required mechanisms are working, including the equipment, the performance of the response crews and the communication between on-site control and the emergency management teams.”
The Eastern Divers crew completed the drill successfully despite challenges presented by the inclement weather, high winds and difficult currents. The on-site response consisted of the placement of containment booms at the mouth of the river to protect the mangrove and prevent the spread of the oil slick. They also tested weir oil skimmers in conjunction with pumps used to remove the oil from the surface and transfer it to holding tanks.