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HM Coastguard training exercise in Scapa Flow

Date: 10 July 2024

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) emergency towing vessel (ETV), IEVOLI BLACK, has been carrying out a training exercise in Scapa Flow today (Wednesday 10 July).

Exercise STROMNESS, which involved the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) vessel POLE STAR, WAS supported by Orkney Islands Council’s Marine Services.

Exercise Controller Paul Tunstall, MCA Counter Pollution and Salvage Officer, Scottish Islands and Northern Ireland, said: “The nature of this exercise was for the IEVOLI BLACK to undertake the tow of a significantly sized ‘disabled’ vessel. As such this provides an enhanced training opportunity for MCA, ETV and NLB personnel and we are grateful for the support of the NLB, Orkney Islands Council Marine Services and the Shetland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

“There were a number of objectives as part of the exercise such as demonstrating the ability to connect to a large vessel; conducting an effective tow thereafter and disconnecting safely and timely.

The Council’s Head of Marine Services, Transportation and Harbour Master Jim Buck, said: “Given the importance of maritime safety, training exercises such as these are vital to ensure everyone is prepared and well-practised for the challenges which can unfortunately materialise at sea. We are all committed to protecting vessels which get into difficulty, the marine environment and safeguarding the coastline.”

Martin Wright, Master on POLE STAR, said: “The Northern Lighthouse Board welcomes the opportunity to participate in this important exercise through the provision of our vessel, POLE STAR and careful planning and coordination with the MCA and other partners.”

  • Summary:

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s (MCA) emergency towing vessel (ETV), IEVOLI BLACK, has been carrying out a training exercise in Scapa Flow today (Wednesday 10 July).

  • Category:
    Marine Services
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