As part of Exercise Tradewinds 2023, a simulated oil spill activity was conducted on Tuesday in Berbice, Region Six. Exercise Tradewinds is a multi-faceted response exercise hosted by Guyana this year.

According to a press statement, the simulation included a response and a proactive phase to a fictitious incident involving spilled fuel in the Berbice River and residual implications for such a hazard.

The National Oil Spill Committee (NOSC) which is made up of a number of agencies such as the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) was a part of the exercise on Tuesday.
The NOSC launched into action during the course of a day at locations such as the Skeldon Sugar Estate (Command Center), CGX Palmyra (Staging Area) and Number 61 Beach (Impact Zone/Staging Area).

Apart from the practical simulation, there was a two-day Tabletop Exercise prior which allowed the NOSC to utilize their planning, coordinating and operational skills in theory.

The participants were divided in to groups based on their agency and expertise. Command, Logistics, Operations, Planning, and Finance and Administration all had separate but coordinating roles which fostered response cohesion. Those very groups were then put to the test in the field to display what will be necessary should such a hazard occur.

The Tabletop Exercise was facilitated by The Response Group (TRG), an American Disaster Risk Management entity. Additionally, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the World Food Programme (WFP) executed a five-day logistics workshop aimed at bolstering existing logistics systems for response mechanisms. That workshop introduced software that will make several tasks more efficient for logistics professionals.

Notably, those programmes, along with training for the Incident Command System (ICS) 300, were aimed at making every response stakeholder ready for impending hazards and disasters. Persons used the institutional knowledge in many beneficial ways over the past few days, which put national readiness for that type of hazard at an improved state.

Exercise Tradewinds 2023 continues with a myriad of events and activities geared at reinforcing the nation’s capacity for security and disaster response in many regards.


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