Exercise Stingray - Pollution Response

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15th October 2009, 09:46pm - Views: 664





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Embargoed until Friday, 16 October 2009

Marine Chemical Spill Response Exercise

NSW Maritime is staging Exercise Stingray today to test the NSW marine incident response capability to

events such as shipping accidents in our ports and coastal waters. 


Maritime’s Manager Shipping and Pollution Response Shayne Wilde said this type of annual exercise is

used to test various aspects of State and National protocols for responding to pollution incidents. 


“Exercise Stingray will focus on a bulk chemical spillage of anhydrous ammonia from a ship in the Port of

Newcastle,” Mr Wilde said. 


Exercise Stingray will be a desktop exercise to test the NSW State Waters Marine Oil and Chemical Spill

Contingency Plan and the control and coordination arrangements for agencies responding to a significant

chemical spill from a ship.


Participants will examine the control and coordination requirements for this type of incident and develop an

appropriate incident action plan.


Along with NSW Maritime, agencies/ organisations involved are:


Newcastle Port Corporation


NSW Fire Brigades


NSW Police Service


NSW Ambulance Service


Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water


Industry & Investment NSW


Emergency Management NSW


Sydney Ports Corporation


Port Kembla Port Corporation


Newcastle City Council


ORICA


Port Waratah Coal Services


The exercise is based on a spillage of anhydrous ammonia which will impact the port waters and also the

land in the vicinity of the incident. It is a desktop exercise being held today at NSW Maritime offices, 207

Kent St Sydney.


It follows Exercise Blackadder held in August that tested NSW Maritime’s internal response to an oil spill off

Montague Island on the NSW South Coast and the previous annual exercise Exercise Oily Carp which was a

discussion exercise and examined a response to a major ship grounding and subsequent oil spill off Coffs

Harbour. 


Media contact: Neil Patchett 0418 279 465






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