Marine Safety Queensland conducting a training drill at the Gladstone Marina.
Marine Safety Queensland conducting a training drill at the Gladstone Marina. Tom Huntley

Workers ready to act on oil spills in Gladstone Harbour

OIL slicks seen on television from around the world are a constant reminder of what can go wrong on the water.

Fortunately, Gladstone Harbour does not receive the major oil tankers that cause the biggest problems, but any ship carries fuel and its good to know we have the personnel to deal with it.

Maritime Safety Queensland yesterday put workers through their paces as part of a three-day training program on responding to an oil spill.

Regional Harbour Master Mike Lutze said instructors were out yesterday with 16 trainees including MSQ staff, Gladstone Port Authority employees and local police officers taking them through the practical component of a three-day training program.

"The course is strictly a beginner's program designed to introduce the students to key factors in an oil spill incident including how spills happen, how to contain and recover the oil, how to keep safe and finally how to dispose of the oil when it's cleaned up," Captain Lutze said.

"After a day of classroom theory, the students will have an opportunity to work with the equipment they'd be required to use in the event of a real emergency."

The long arm

Captain Lutze reminded boat operators of on-the-spot fines of more than $1000 for masters who failed to properly document and manage their on-board sewage and pollution prevention measures.



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