Emergency response training exercise
29 November 2017
On Friday, 24th November, Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) afloat teams from Kingston Marine Services and Shepards Wharf Marina underwent a day of emergency response refresher training covering oil spill response, vessel towing, fire fighting, and man overboard rescues.
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CHC’s working vessels Seaclear and Seamark, along with one of our patrol RIBs and Duver workboats were manned by the teams and used in a range of emergency scenarios. The practical exercises tested a range of equipment, techniques, and support procedures in order to maintain the knowledge and skills involved in dealing with emergencies afloat.
The teams worked through a number of potential emergency situations, utilising for example, inflatable oil containment booms, a surface skimmer used to collect waterborne oils and pump pollutants into a safe storage container, and man overboard rescue equipment.
This training forms part of a regular programme designed to ensure that CHC staff are capable of assisting in an emergency situation in the harbour.