Cairns to play host to oil spill exercise next week

Thursday 4 April 2013
Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal and an adjacent stretch of Trinity Inlet will be closed to vessel movements on the afternoon of Thursday, 11 April 2013 for an on-water display of Australia’s marine oil and chemical response capability.
Media Release

The display is part of Asia Pacific’s oil spill prevention and response conference Spillcon 2013, which is being held from 8-12 April in Cairns and attracting more than 500 delegates from across the world.

From 2.30pm to 5.30pm on 11 April, there will be no public access to the cruise liner terminal or the area of Trinity Inlet in the vicinity of Trinity Wharf (Berths 1-6) to accommodate a display demonstrating a response to a simulated oil spill incident.

The demonstration will include a hazardous material response using a helicopter, the simulated application of dispersant from two aircraft and deploying boom and containment equipment.

AMSA’s emergency towage vessel Pacific Responder and search and rescue aircraft will also be assisting in the display.

The deployment will be conducted by personnel from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Maritime Safety Queensland, the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre, and the National Response Team and Oil Industry Core Group.

For more information about the closure of the Cruise Liner Terminal and Trinity Inlet, please contact the Cairns Regional Harbour Master.

Spillcon 2013 brings together local, regional and global environmental and shipping representatives across industry, government and non-government organisations to provide an avenue to discuss issues including cause and prevention, preparedness, response management and environmental issues.