Marine Oil Spill Exercise at Napier Port
Marine Oil Spill Exercise at Napier
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will be undertaking
its annual marine oil spill exercise in and beside Napier
Port on Monday 1 September 2014.
Under the Maritime
Transport Act, HBRC is required to respond to oil spills
that occur within the coastal marine area in Hawke’s Bay,
and is required to run exercises every year. The aim
ofMonday’s exercise will be to test the equipment in the
shallower water of Sandy Beach on Breakwater Road on the
edge of the Port entrance. (Marked by a star in map
HBRC Regional On-Scene Commander Ian Lilburn
says Monday’s exercise will focus on deploying and
training the team on the use of various pieces of oil spill
equipment, like skimmers used to collect oil, as well as
practicing containment of a spill.
The scenario for the
exercise involves trying to contain a large amount of diesel
spilt in the water after an accident.
As this is an
exercise, there will be no oil in the water, but the public
will see oil spill equipment being used including booms,
skimmers and frame
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
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