NRT Planning Workshop, April 2014

Wildbase staff Kerri Morgan and Graeme Finlayson attended a National Response Team (NRT) two-day planning workshop in April.

Conducted at Maritime New Zealand’s Marine Pollution Response Service (MPRS) in Auckland, the focus of the workshop was to improve the planning system and process for larger scale oil spill incidents in New Zealand. In particular there was a focus on those at Tier 3 level.

NRT members at the workshop included MPRS staff, National On Scene Commanderss and Regional Council representatives, most of whom had some level of involvement in the Rena response.

Workshop objectives included:

  • Re-familiarisation with planning principles and procedures
  • Introduction to the draft Co-ordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) planning procedures
  • Review/develop/confirm spill response planning
    • Outcome
    • Outputs
    • System
    • Procedures
  • Review & confirm procedures through exercise

The workshop included a review of the purpose, outcome, and outputs of the operational planning function; familiarisation with the appreciation process; discussion about the new CIMS planning system and decision making process, and the compatibility of terminology between the CIMS planning system and the current National Plan Tier 3 planning structure.

As well as providing a valuable overview in the planning structure and terminology, the workshop also highlighted the need to further clarify roles and responsibilities for all aspects of oil spill response planning, including the oiled wildlife response team structure and function. MPRS are planning to trial the new system and procedures later this year and it is anticipated that the wildlife response structure and function will be refined by this exercise. 

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