Management of emergencies
The main potential risk for the environment related to the transport of crude oil is the accidental release of cargo into the sea due to breaching the vessel’s containment, as a result of grounding, collision etc. Hence the focus on safety of transportation is paramount in our organisation. A wide range of possible emergencies has been identified in the Health, Safety, Quality and Environmental protection (HSQE) Management System. To deal with possible emergencies the following procedures have been put into place:
- Emergency and Contingency Manual (ECM) dealing with all possible emergencies in addition to oil pollution;
- Ship Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) dealing with oil pollution emergencies and the response thereto;
- Vessel Response Plan (VRP) dealing with oil pollution emergencies and the response thereto in US waters (as required by US law – OPA 90);
- California Contingency Plan (CCP) dealing with oil pollution emergencies and the response in Californian waters.
- Table Top Exercise (TTX) which is an emergency drill sometimes including external participant such as Ultramar Refinery and Terminal in Quebec;
As a minimum at least once a year a full scale Table Top Exercise (TTX) is executed. This exercise involves a wide range of parties such as, but not limited to, the vessels, the office emergency team, the flag state authorities, the classification society of the vessels, cleanup contractors, media response, etc.
Regular trainings and drills on shore and at sea prepare our staff to respond to all emergencies.