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Thanh Hoa (VNA) - A drill was held in the central coastal province of Thanh Hoa on July 10 to provide local relevant forces with necessary knowledge and skills to cope with oil spills and improve search and rescue efforts.

The event was jointly organised by the provincial Steering Committee for Oil Spill Response and the environmental incident response centre of the SOS Environment JSC.

According to the hypothetical scenario, an oil spill occurred due to a collision between two tankers in the waters near the Nghi Son International Port.

The incident posted a serious risk of fire and explosion, and had two crew members to be rescued urgently.

Right after the incident, the port’s security force asked for support from the environmental incident response centre, the provincial fire fighters, and the provincial border guard force.

The border guard station at Nghi Son border gate, flotilla 2 with 20 officers and soldiers onboard were dispatched to the site to guide boats away from the oil-spilled area, and two crew members were taken to hospital.

Other efforts were made to minimise the amount of oil spilled into the sea and isolate the spilled oil by using floats to surround the crashed vessels, and pumps to collect the spilled oil.

Le Van Hung, Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of the Thanh Hoa Border Guard Command said the drill was successfully organised with smooth coordination among rescue forces.

It contributes to raising public awareness of the importance of oil spill incidents, thus giving effective assistance to relevant forces to deal with oil spills in real situations.-VNA