California Unannounced Drill
On February 15th, inspectors from California’s Office of Spill Prevention and
Response boarded the M/V Horizon Reliance at berth in the Port of Los Angeles
initiating an unannounced exercise. OSPR created these 8 hour exercises for
spill management teams to demonstrate their ability to staff a response. The
Horizon Reliance Master started the response by calling ECM, his qualified
individual. ECM took over from there. Using our network of responders, we sent
an ECM responder to the exercise command post established by OSPR. ECM’s
responder was on-scene within 1 hour.
Meanwhile, ECM’s Offices coordinated the exercise remotely. Using GIS software,
ECM created an incident plan that included booming strategies to protect
sensitive habitats and economic sites while minimizing impacts to the Port of
Los Angeles operations.
After 3½ hours, OSPR had seen enough. ECM met or exceeded all the 10 objectives
OSPR established for the exercise. ECM clearly reaffirmed that we are ready to
handle an oil spill in California.