Channel NewsAsia: S’pore conducts multi-agency chemical spill exercise

As  part of Singapore Maritime Week, a chemical spill exercise was enacted to demonstrate Singapore’s ability to manage such a scenario. A total of 13 agencies participated in this exercise. See Channel NewsAsia story below.

S’pore conducts multi-agency chemical spill exercise

SINGAPORE: A multi-agency exercise, showing Singapore’s readiness to respond to major chemical spills, was carried out Wednesday, observed by over 60 delegates at the International Chemical and Oil Pollution Conference and Exhibition.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Group Director (Hub Port), Captain M Segar, said with the Straits of Malacca and Singapore being heavily used by vessels, it is essential to be operationally-ready in case of any major spills.

Code-named CHEMSPILL 2011, the scenario involved a chemical tanker, MT Chemical Carrier, suffering a steering failure and being hit by another tanker in the Sinki Fairway off Jurong Island.

The impact of the collision also caused three crew members of MT Chemical Carrier, who were on the catwalk to fall to the main deck.

More than 10 vessels and 120 personnel from 13 agencies were involved in the exercise.

The agencies included the Singapore Armed Forces, the Police Coast Guard, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transport, the National Environment Agency and MPA.

The exercise was held in conjunction with the 6th Singapore Maritime Week.

Image taken from whitecat sg

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