Pollution and salvage specialists to descend on MOAMA next week for training exercise

22 March 2017

About 20 people will take part in a pollution and salvage exercise organised by Roads and Maritime Services on the Murray River at Moama/ Echuca next Friday.

Roads and Maritime Services Senior Emergency Planning Officer Alex Hamilton said the exercise would focus on the pollution and salvage response to a scenario involving a sunken paddle steamer on the Murray River.

“Exercise PS Hero will be carried out as part of Roads and Maritime’s commitment to ensuring an efficient and effective response to pollution and salvage incidents along the Murray River,” Mr Hamilton said.

“It will require participants to respond to the incident and deploy equipment which would be required in an actual scenario.

“This will involve the deployment of boom around the paddle steamer and the use of specialist clean up tools such as flexidams, skimmers and pumps to remove from the water and store pollutants.

“The exercise is being planned and facilitated by Roads and Maritime in consultation with Fire and Rescue NSW, with participants from Roads and Maritime, Fire and Rescue NSW, and local industry.”

To report pollution from a vessel on the water, contact Roads and Maritime on 13 12 56 with as many details as possible including vessel name, registration number, time and place of the incident and the kind of pollution to help with the investigation.

For pollution which appears to be coming from a marina or land-based facilities, contact should be made with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) or local council.

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