The Port Authority of Bilbao has today coordinated a drill to combat marine pollution in the Outer Abra, involving vessels from the Port Authority itself, the mooring companies, tugboats and the Civil Guard.
The drill involved the deployment of the new containment barrier acquired by the Port Authority, the sixth of its kind, making a total length of 2,050 metres. This equipment is complemented by the containment barriers of industrial companies based in the port, such as Petronor, Tepsa and Esergui, as well as the resources of the mooring companies and the Ibaizabal tugboat company.
The Port of Bilbao is at the forefront in Europe in terms of being equipped with its own resources to deal with this type of emergency. These drills are conducted on a regular basis and are designed to test the Port of Bilbao’s Internal Maritime Plan for accidental marine pollution, the coordination between the different players involved and the capacity to respond to an accidental pollution scenario.
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