SINGAPORE - Some 250 people took part on Friday in an oil spill drill off the coast of Singapore as part of ongoing efforts to keep the city state's ports and coasts safe and clean.
Code-named JOSE 2016, the multi-agency exercise organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore simulated the containment and cleanup of an oil slick as well as rescue operations.
The hour-long drill was conducted by personnel from 28 government agencies and private companies, and took place around 4 kilometers off Singapore's coast, an epa journalist reports.
It was designed to test the use of a new system, known as "NeatSweep", to contain spilled oil.
In addition to the mock cleanup of some 10,000 metric tons of oil, participants simulated the evacuation of two people.
"The need to protect and minimize impacts of oil spills in our waters together with our partner agencies and stakeholders is an important component of our holistic safety program," MPA's Chief Executive Andrew Tan said in a statement.