Jenkins Marine recently chartered multi-role vessel ‘STOUR’ (26m x 9m) to the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to conduct an emergency oil spill response training exercise on the south Coast.
A large amount of equipment was delivered by road to Poole, where it was loaded on to the vessel’s spacious working deck area using it’s 14m reach 65t/m deck crane.
The MCA has to be able to muster an emergency oil spill response kit to anywhere within the UK within a short time frame, and decided to undertake a test drill from Poole, having selected the vessel ‘STOUR’ as being ideal for this vital task.
As there are several teams on standby, the MCA decided to include both teams to run through test deployment and recovery operations of their ‘NOFI current buster 6’ oil spill equipment. A large boom was deployed from the deck of the vessel with an oil skimmer, and then recovered again. Operations and training took place over several days.
JML RIB was also in attendance to assist with deployment and recovery operations, and transfer personnel as required.
Harbour Master, Captain Brian Murphy said:
“These exercises are vitally important, (and) will provide the harbour community with confidence in the knowledge that PHC and other organisations will be prepared in the event of a major oil spill...”