Port of Yamba harbourmaster Simon McEvoy conducts a briefing at the start of an exercise involving a simulated oil spill in the Clarence River at Yamba.
Port of Yamba harbourmaster Simon McEvoy conducts a briefing at the start of an exercise involving a simulated oil spill in the Clarence River at Yamba.

Trial on handling oil spill

EMERGENCY services took to the waters of Yamba yesterday to undertake an annual oil spill exercise.

The Port of Yamba staged the exercise and Yamba Harbour Master Captain Simon McEvoy said it was a real-time exercise involving a burning luxury vessel losing its 10-tonne fuel load.

"It was about the interoperability between agencies and the real-time deployment of a containment boom and then the operation and deployment of tertiary and secondary equipment," he said.

"The aims we had for the exercise were met and we've demobilised now - job done."

The exercise involved more than 50 staff from Ports, RMS, Fire and Rescue, NSW Police, State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service and Clarence Valley Council.

It also used volunteer groups such as Marine Rescue, Surf Life Saving and wildlife care and rescue agencies.

Most of yesterday's action centred around the Yamba tug berth and Hickey Island.



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