From jamie goodwin | Thursday 17 October 2019
Training exercise facilitated by Adler and Allan tests the firm's oil spill contingency plan.
A fast-paced oil spill exercise has been held by ABP at the Port of Hull.
The annual Humber incident management exercise tested the firm's oil spill contingency plans.
The training exercise, facilitated by Adler and Allan, tested all aspects
of the plan from strategy and resources to business
continuity, public health and environmental concerns.
Exercise Rotra presented an oil spill scenario in which a visiting cargo vessel had accidentally released 5,000 litres of marine gas oil, due to a ruptured fuel tank, into Alexandra Dock with an estimated 300 litres spilt into the Humber. The fictional scenario used by the team and was not based on any actual incidents at the port.
The ABP Tier 1 teams tackled the spill with a work boat and oil spill equipment which consists of absorbent pads, booms and waste collection containers. Adler and Allan’s marine response service deployed inflatable booms to create a temporary floating barrier in the water.
As the majority of simulated pollutant was in the lock pit, there was a focus to create secondary containment around the lock gates before mobilising an ADR regulated vacuum tanker and skimmer system to skim and recover the oil.
"The weather conditions were challenging on the day with strong winds but after a dynamic risk assessment, the deployment turned out to be very effective and a notable strategy if a similar situation presents itself.
"ABP’s Port of Hull has a well-versed response team from the higher command level down to the ground, backed up by significant resources throughout the group. Adler and Allan conduct 25 to 30 incident management exercises every year and the Port of Hull team proved to be one of the best at understanding their roles and responsibilities.”
Gary Wilson, head of marine for ABP’s Humber ports, said: “The exercise response was timely and well addressed by the whole team who mobilised to site within the response requirements. These exercises are incredibly valuable to our operation and the Humber.”