Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Marine Response exercise plays out off of Rushbrook Floats

Vessels from the Canadian Coast Guard and Prince Rupert Port Authority
stand ready to swing into action as part of a marine exercise
in Prince Rupert harbour

Vessels of all shapes and sizes have been taking to the water off of Rushbrook Floats today, as a number of local response agencies take part in an exercise designed to examine the response to a mock oil spill centred around a report of a vessel that was leaking diesel into the harbour.

Today, was the first of three days for the training mission, with members of the Canadian Coast Guard, West Coast Marine Response Corporation, and Prince Rupert Harbour Authority among those on the water.

Other participants in the exercise include representatives of area First Nations and the City of Prince Rupert.

A Coast Guard Marine Response Spill Ship on standby at Rushbrook

Vessels from WCMRC on the water off Rushbrook Floats on Tuessday
taking part in a fuel spill exercise in Prince Rupert harbour

A shore based command centre was set  up in the lot adjacent to Rushbrook to coordinate the different elements that are taking part in the training session, one of the larger response exercises seen in the harbour in a number of years.

WCMRC set up a command centre in the parking area of Rushbrook
on Tuesday, part of a three day exercise in Prince Rupert harbour

The three days of shoreline protection and clean up training will come to an end late Thursday afternoon, with all participating agencies then to review what they can take away from the Prince Rupert training and where room for improvement may be found.

For more items of interest related to Emergency Responders in the Northwest see our archive page here.

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