Singapore Port Authority Leads Oil Spill Exercise

Photo Credit: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has headed a multi-agency Joint Oil Spill Exercise (JOSE), demonstrating Singapore's readiness to respond to oil spills at sea.

According to a statement, more than 250 personnel from 26 separate agencies, including Shell, participated in the initiative on October 5, 2018.

During the exercise, participants deliberated on operational and policy measures that could be implemented in the case of an oil spill.


Photo Credit: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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In addition to this, a seaward deployment exercise scenario simulated a collision between two tanker vessels, one of which sustained damage to its cargo oil tanks and caused a spillage of approximately 10,000 metric tonnes of oil.

The scenario also called for the immediate medical evacuation of an injured crew member on board the damaged tanker vessel. 


Photo Credit: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Captain M. Segar, MPA’s Assistant Chief Executive of Operations, commented: “Singapore is one of the world’s busiest ports. Ensuring we have the means and ability to respond to any contingencies, including oil spills, is key.

“Today’s exercise not only allows us to test our inter-agency responses but also to share best practices and test new technologies in combating oil spills.”

JOSE 2018 was conducted as part of the closing programme for the 20th Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON) 2018. 

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