February 15, 2013
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd.
Conduct Emergency Response Drill
An emergency response drill was performed on the February 15th 2013 to ensure preparedness of optimum response towards any major maritime accidents that resulted in large-scale oil spill with human casualty.
The scenario of the drill evolves as "K" Line VLCC "NAGARAGAWA" collides with a fishing boat and contacts the part of sunken "Daruma" group rocks off the coast of Izu islands in Shizuoka Prefecture when she is heading towards Chiba. The accident results in huge oil spill through the damage portion of starboard side cargo & ballast tank of "NAGARAGAWA" causing physical injury to a crew member of the fishing boat.
At the end of the drill, a mock press conference was held as a part of the complete drill proceedings. "K" Line's President Asakura, Senior Managing Executive Officer Sasaki, Managing Executive Officer Aoki together with Ship Management Company's (KLSM) Director, Saito were attended in the Q&A session of press briefing. Many questions were raised to them by the attended dignitaries and staffs that make the event more realistic and momentous.
3rd Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, Maritime Disaster Prevention Center, professionals from other related firms of law, insurance, consulting, and the Ship Management Company actively cooperated and participated in the exercise.
Conducting such exercise on regular basis, we remind ourselves again to be fully prepared on the contingency plan to deal with "large-scale accident response". In order to nurture safety culture in "K" Line group as a whole, the importance to hold such event was found be very meaningful for raising safety awareness and similar program like "Winter Safety Environment Protection Campaign" and the regular vessel visit by executive officers are plying vital role to improve safety consciousness onboard and ashore.