Port Wings News Network:
On 10 October 2019, Ocean Network Express (ONE) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) conducted a joint crisis management drill based on a simulated scenario of a fire and explosion on ONE’s chartered vessel. This is ONE’s second joint crisis management drill held for this year.
The joint exercise was a success with about 100 participants from ONE’s Global Headquarters (GHQ) in Singapore, ONE Japan in Tokyo and MOL head office in Japan, involved in executing procedures, reviewing possible responses and examining emergency measures.
Simulated Crisis Scenario
A fire broke out inside a container onboard of ONE’s chartered vessel at Ise Bay, Japan. Subsequently, an explosion was triggered despite fire-fighting efforts by the crew. The incident resulted in casualties and some containers fell overboard.
Upon receiving an initial urgent incident report, a crisis management center was setup by ONE GHQ to handle first response tasks such as information gathering and communication flow process among related parties.
ONE assumed a crucial role, together with related authorities in Japan, the ship owner and the ship manager, to control and manage the situation. ONE conscientiously took appropriate measures to mitigate the negative impact on customers as well as the general public, cooperating with MOL and related parties, by publishing updates through media statements and advisories as the situation progressed.
Through the simulated drill, ONE’s crisis management capability is strengthened to be constantly ready to respond in times of emergencies.