14-16.05.2014 - Northen Adriatic safer after Virex 2014

14-16.05.2014 -  Northen Adriatic safer after Virex 2014

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Oil spill response exercise in Northen Adriatic called Virex 2014, the first cross-border exercise held during the implementation of project HAZADR, was successfully completed on 16th May 2014, after three-days activities. Active participants to the exercise were members of County's Operational Centres (COC) from Zadar, Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split- Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin County, members of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre from Rijeka (MRCC Rijeka), the national Headquarters for the implementation of the Contingency Plan of Republic of Croatia, Croatian Coast Guard and project HAZADR partners from Regia Puglia, Regia Marche, Albania and Slovenia. Also, the exercise also included active participation of companies specialized for interventions in case of marine pollution and marine environment from Primorje - Gorski Kotar, Zadar, Šibenik - Knin and Split - Dalmatia County, and public institutions and services from Zadar County's area, which are responsible to participate in case of pollution. 
Active part of the exercise started from the report on 12.00 hours on Wednesday, 14th May 2014. The report stated that ferry Marko Polo has run aground on Sajda shoal (lat: 44º11'00'' N; long 015º02'00'' E), east of Sestrunj Island, and that a relatively large quantity of bunker fuel is leaking into the sea. After that, Zadar COC started working according to Zadar County's Contingency Plan and sent all intervention teams from Zadar County's area to the accident spot. During the exercise a prediction model of oil spill movement made by Marche Region was used and information got from the model was that the oil spill was moving to the coast of Zaton. Also, during the first day, call for help was sent to Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin County intervention teams. On the second day, the 15th May, Zadar COC countinued working from the early in the morning. Due to „real“ bad weather conditions and consequentlythe saftey of viewers, the demonstration of sea and coast clean-up was moved to port Gaženica in Zadar (before envisaged in front of Zaton). Nevertheless, the COC proceeded the operation as it was predicted. After efficient demonstration of oil collection on sea and coast, the estimates of a clean-up operations on shore were made for next few days and the closure of the exercise was made at around 16.30 hours in the Thursday afternoon, the 15th May 2014.

The final, third day of the exercise, the 16th May 2014, a final meeting was held in Zadar County premises where all team leaders together with project partners gave the observation of the conducted activities. The main goal of the exercise was „in field“ testing of operative procedures, protocols of intervention, effectivness of risk management chains as well as the training of the staff employed in civil protection mechanisms, so evaluation report will be produced on the basis of the exercise results.




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