Chernomortransneft holds emergency response drill in Black Sea water area

Date of publication: 20 June 2018 Print

Chernomortransneft has held an emergency response drill in the Black Sea water area, close to the port of Novorossiysk.

The event brought together employees of Sheskharis Transshipment Complex (TC), Chernomortransneft and Transneft Service for Transneft Service’s professional emergency rescue teams (PERTs) to practice elimination of oil and petroleum products spills in an emergency area.

Under the ERD’s plot, a process pipeline damage at the lower site of Sheskharis TC resulted in an “oil release” in the amount of 312.5 m3, part of which leaked into the water area of the Tsemes Bay. Under the influence of a permanent circulation current and NE wind, the simulated oil spill with the area of 15,000 sq. m spread towards the navigation channel of the port of Novorossiysk, namely the anchorage area.

Having received the emergency signal, Sheskharis TC notified the emergency response teams and dispatching units of the complex, supervisory control departments of Transneft Service and the administration of Novorossiysk seaport. A joint headquarters was arranged to eliminate the consequences of the emergency.

Emergency rescue teams of Transneft Service were sent to the simulated oil spill site. Boom lines with the total length of 400 metres were deployed in the drill area to contain and collect oil from the sea surface. A skimmer (a special device) was used to collect the “oil”, whereupon the oil and water mixture was loaded onto a reservoir vessel and transported to the port. The task of oil spill elimination was made more complicated for the PERTs by an additional report of oil film catching fire in the area surrounded by the boom lines. The Antares tow vessel carrying a fire-extinguishing unit arrived to put out the “fire”, which was successfully contained.

The main task of such drills is to check employees’ actions in the case of an emergency occurrence, their skills to perform troubleshooting, prevent emergencies and ensure these are eliminated as soon as possible, either individually or as part of emergency response teams.

The ERD brought together 32 persons and 5 crews from marine vessels of Transneft Service, the emergency and fire safety committee (E&FSC) of Sheskharis Transshipment Complex. Representatives of the Occupational, Industrial, Fire and Environmental Safety Department of Transneft observed the training event.

Based on the results of the emergency response drill, the observers noted that the emergency rescue teams and governing bodies of Transneft Service and Chernomortransneft coped with their tasks of eliminating the simulated emergency successfully and in due time.