POSTED APRIL, 2013
Story by Lt. Annjea Cormier
Atlantic Strike Team
April 17, 2013
Members of the National Strike Force travelled to Bahrain to work with U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain and member nations of the region’s Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Center for an Oil Spill Planning, Prevention and Response Workshop in Manama from April 9 - 11, 2013.
Given the region’s oil industry and shipping activities, the workshop focused on ensuring an appropriate level of oil spill preparedness. During this workshop, governments, industry and other partners worked together to promote, build and implement national and regional systems to ensure effective response to major oil incidents. The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Strike Force was represented by Lt. Cmdr. David Reinhard and Lt. Annjea Cormier from the Atlantic Strike Team and Lt. Irvin Jones from the National Strike Force Coordination Center.
Lt. Cmdr. David Reinhard, executive officer of the Atlantic Strike Team, presents a National Strike Force capabilities brief at the Gulf Hotel in Bahrain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Annjea Cormier.
"This was a great and unique opportunity to work closely with U.S. Navy Supervisory of Salvage and Diving members to showcase our capabilities and work toward a coordinated plan for combined operations in an international setting," said Lt. Cmdr. David Reinhard, executive officer of the AST.
Lt. Irvin Jones, with the National Strike Force Coordination Center, inspects prepositioned equipment Apr. 11, 2013, at Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Annjea Cormier.
The three day event served as a platform to bring together experts of the spill industry to build relationships and discuss multiple oil spill response topics. The first day of the workshop featured a diverse range of presentations regarding the oil spill response in the region. Reinhard gave an informative presentation on how highly-trained NSF personnel could be utilized in the region, and Jones presented information about the Resource Response Inventory System. The second day of the conference consisted of several group discussions based on various spill scenarios. The final day of the workshop featured an equipment deployment exercise at the Khalifa Bin Salman Port, Bahrain.
“This workshop provided a vital forum for government, industry and the international response community to work toward shared objectives. I feel confident that the stakeholders are aware of the extensive oil spill experience that the NSF could provide to the region,” said Lt. Annjea Cormier.The workshop covered a diverse range of preparedness services available in the Persian Gulf, and more importantly, the involvement of key stakeholders from government, industry and the private sector to build trust and relationships in the event that they may have to work together on a future oil spill response.
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