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Press Release: Exercise at the Port of Kavala

OSRA Greece has been working very closely with the port authorities of Kavala. On the 31 March 2015, international Operation Manager Sandro Sammut led an exercise for the port authorities in which to simulate the response to a hypothetical leaking vessel in the Filippos ll Port. Kavala has an oil spill contingency plan, which has been reviewd by OSRA in 2014. During the last year, training and equipment inspection has also been conducted.

According to Prof. Aristotelis Naniopoulos "Filippos II port Is the principal commercial port, located 7km to the east of the city, currently serving bulk and general cargo, being capable of also handling containerized cargo". In 2011, Kavala, as a port system handled 1.5 million passengers and 0.5 million tons of freight.

During the exercise 135 metres of fence boom was deployed and a scenario of a vessel leaking oil was created. Personnel were shown how the boom is best deployed and secured to contain the surface spill. After boom deployment; a further simulation scenario with contaminated water being pumped out from the sea for treatment. Kavala personnel were guided to understand the function of the power pack, pump and skimmer. Clean sea water was pumped to the temporary storage tank and contaminated with oil to demonstrate oil recovery. Absorbents were also used to recover the remaining oil. At the end of the exercise the boom was recovered.

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