Team learn how to deal with oil spill
Wednesday 11th September 2013, 9:00AM BST.
EMERGENCY procedures for a major oil spill in Guernsey waters were put to the test yesterday in a joint exercise.
Members of the Oil Spill Response Team were joined by States Works employees, Guernsey Harbours staff, civil protection volunteers, firefighters and authorities from both Jersey and Alderney.
A marine pollution incident has been listed as one of the top three risks that Guernsey faces.
The last major spill to hit the island was the Torrey Canyon in 1967.
Mark Harvey, a senior response specialist in the Oil Spill Response Team, explained that in the morning he led a classroom-based exercise going through safety and operational matters.
It was then tested in the afternoon in Havelet Bay when equipment, including a boom, had to be set up in the water, simulating the segregation of any oil before a skimmer could be used to take it away.
He said the effects of oil spills can almost always be lowered if personnel have been trained.