Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. (MOL) have announced that they have conducted a tabletop drill based on an incident involving a car carrier managed by an MOL Group ship management company. MOL holds these drills periodically to confirm its emergency response system in preparation for serious marine incidents.
The drill was held with the goal of raising company-wide safety awareness through the simulated experience of a serious marine incident. It was designed to ensure that the company can respond swiftly and appropriately in case of a serious marine incident, and maintain the timely flow of accurate information.
Under the drill scenario, a fire occurred in the engine room on the car carrier, which was underway, and one crew members and one of the firefighters was missing. With its engine disabled, the vessel drifted into shallow water and scraped a reef, breaching the hull and causing fuel oil to leak into the sea. The breach also resulted in seawater flooding the cargo hold. To reconfirm processes such as reporting and communication that are critical in an emergency, the time frame of the drill spanned from the occurrence of the incident to a simulated press conference, and verified the company’s capability to ensure smooth cooperation and information gathering among the vessel, ship management company, as well as concerned divisions and the Emergency Control Headquarters within MOL. In addition, based on information collected, the headquarters discussed responses to be taken as the shipowner and operator and reviewed the emergency response system, and then practiced responding to media inquiries at the simulated press conference.
MOL’s tabletop drills are intended to make sure that every employee has a higher awareness of safety and to help the company forge ahead to “become a world leader in safe operation,” while developing and enhancing a solid emergency response structure.