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AMSA’s ETV Coral Knight tests its emergency response capabilities

Monday 9 November 2015
Between 31 October and 2 November AMSA’s Salvage and Intervention team coordinated pollution response, medical evacuation, search and rescue, firefighting and emergency towage drills on board the Coral Knight.
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In the pollution response drill the crew deployed the dedicated oil spill boom with the assistance of the Coral Knight’s work boat, conducted a J sweep, simulated oil recovery using specialised skimmers, checked the transfer tanks, and recovered the boom.

A medical evacuation drill was carried out on board the Coral Knight with the assistance of the Queensland Government air rescue team, using rescue helicopter RSCU 521, an air rescue stretcher and a dummy. The air rescue team briefed the ship’s crew about safety precautions to conduct a medical evacuation using a helicopter.

The Coral Knight held a search and rescue exercise to locate floating device dropped by the rescue helicopter RSCU 521. During the search, extra lookouts were posted in the bridge, a fast rescue boat was prepared for deployment and the M/Eng was on manoeuvring mode. The exercise completed after recovering the floating device by the fast rescue boat crew.

The Coral Knight’s firefighting capabilities were tested using its GS fire pump, emergency fire pump and the fixed fire system driven by the vessel’s M/Eng.

Finally the Coral Knight deployed approximately 400 metres of her main emergency towing wire, including the towing pendants, to connect to the simulated dead casualty vessel MV Stadacona, which is a 23,000 ton cement carrier. This exercise was completed after reaching towage speed of 6.5 kts and successful disconnection of the towing wire and retrieval of the same in a controlled manner.

AMSA Search and Rescue and state resources supported the exercise throughout.

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