Singapore holds joint oil spill exercise

16:27, October 29, 2010      

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday led a multi-agency joint oil spill exercise In an effort to test and demonstrate Singapore's readiness to respond effectively to oil spills at sea.

Comprising a table-top exercise and a demonstration on local oil spill response capability, the exercise was to familiarize responding agencies on the Oil Spill Contingency Plan for combating major oil spills at sea.

Over 150 personnel from various agencies participated in the table-top exercise and seaward exercise, located along Sinki Fairway, about 8 km south west of Singapore's Sentosa Island.

"Singapore being the world's major hub port lies in a strategic location. It is well-connected to 600 ports in 120 countries. Hence, it is critical for Singapore to remain vigilant and maintain operational readiness at all times," said Capt Segar, MPA 's Group Director (Hub Port).

The exercise was observed by over 60 international participants of the Singapore International Bunkering Conference, held here from Oct. 27 to 29.

Source: Xinhua


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