In 2001, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was established, fostering cooperation among national civil protection authorities across Europe. The Mechanism currently includes all 28 EU Member States in addition to Iceland, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Turkey has…
Today the four partners of the MIRG-EU project officially ended the three year Interreg IVA 2Seas project with a final conference in Vlissingen. The various presenters looked back on the results of the project,
On 18 June our Maritime Incident Response Groups from Kent (UK), Zeeland (NL), Ghent, Antwerp, Beveren (BE) Pas de Calais and the French Navy (FR) ran a successful exercise on board DFDS Seaways’ cruise ferry, Princess Seaways.
It is 9h50 AM on 15 May when Henri Poortvliet’s pager beeps. Message: Priority three, exercise, report at fire station. Henri: ‘We already were at the fire station where we were briefed in advance about safety measures and some other things.
In April and May the MIRGs from the MIRG-EU partner countries did their final rehearsals on the simulator in Marck en Calais. The teams went systematically through all the operational procedures.
On 18 June the teams from the partner countries will be confronted with a simulated incident on board DFDS Seaways’ cruise ferry Princess Seaways, which normally operates between IJmuiden in the Netherlands and Newcastle in the UK.
One hand for oneself and one for the ship. That was the first thing Henri Poortvliet was taught during his ship-to-ship-transfer course. ‘That first lessen I was already familiar with.