Thursday, 6 February 2014

Australian Maritime Safety Authority - National Response Team (NRT)

Contact: Sarah Ryves, AMSA
p: 02 6279 5879   e: sarah.ryves@amsa.gov.au   w: www.amsa.gov.au

Date: 13, 18 or 20 February          RSVP: Monday 10 Feb 2014
Location: East Devonport Beach

Intended Audience: Primary School Children - Years 4,5 & 6

Training exercise in the event of a major oil pollution incident.
Australia, being an island nation, is heavily dependent on shipping. While the safety standards of commercial shipping have steadily improved over the years, there is always the risk of a major maritime pollution incident, which could have a significant impact of Australia's marine environment.

The National Response Team (NRT) provides support in the event of a major oil pollution incident. To ensure they are adequately trained and prepared for an incident, they hold training exercises throughout the year.

In February, the NRT will be holding training in Devonport. As part of this exercise, they will be simulating an oil spill response and demonstrating how the operation takes place, using oil spill clean-up equipment, planes and vessels.

We are interested in inviting school groups to attend this event, best aimed at Primary year 4-6 level. We hope this would be of interest to schools, as a topical and interesting environmental issue. We will provide a commentator to talk the students through the training exercise and provide educational material, in addition the information available on our website - www.amsa.gov.au/community/kids-and-teachers-resources

Please note this is a worksite and so adequate supervision must be provided by the school.

Venue: East Devonport Beach
Dates: 13, 18 or 20 February
Time: Groups may stay for their preferred amount of time between 10am-11.30am or 1.30pm–3.00pm.
RSVP date: 10 Feb