Thursday, 2nd June 2016
Group participates in Maritime New Zealand Training and Preparedness Exercise-May 2016
Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding signed in April 2015 between the Group and Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) regarding the response to major casualties and incidents involving salvage and wreck removal, Michael Kelleher of the West of England and the chairman of the Group’s Large Casualty Working Group attended “Exercise Whakautu II: 2016”, a training exercise to test MNZ’s preparedness for a major salvage, pollution and wreck removal event. The exercise took place in Wellington and New Plymouth, New Zealand and ran for 3 full days from inception until it was deescalated and wound down. It was followed by an initial “wash-up” which will be complemented by a full evaluation by MNZ and independent observers and evaluators, of which the Group was one. MNZ was pleased to have received the Group’s input and has commented that the exercise proved that still, post the “RENA” major incident in 2011, their response would be improved by “closer, faster and more effective engagement with the Group”. This was the first such exercise attended upon by a representative of the Group, and in June 2016 it will be followed by a casualty workshop organised by AMSA at which Sam Kendall Marsden of the Standard Club and a member of the Large Casualty Working Group will participate on behalf of the Group.