15 Nov '11, 1pm

Oil spill exercise held in Hong Kong

Oil spill exercise held in Hong Kong

HONG KONG : Hong Kong emergency response groups took to the land, sea and sky on Tuesday, to test the city's response to combat a possible large-scale oil spill. Although Hong Kong rarely encounters such disasters, authorities said they must always be prepared. There was plenty of action on a beach on Hong Kong's outlying Lamma Island, as an anti-oil pollution exercise, code-named Oilex 2011, went into full damage-control mode. Headed by Hong Kong's Marine Department, the exercise simulated the response to a mock oil spill from a beached product tanker. The scenario was that 5,200 tonnes of leaking fuel oil posed a threat to the cooling water system of the main power station on Lamma Island, which supplies energy to Hong Kong. Oil combat teams practised setting up a ring of floating barrier booms around the tanker to prevent the mock oil spill from spreading to the beach, ...

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