As a matter of priority GNMTC has set an emergency response capability plan, which starts with the master of the vessel, who holds over-riding authority in the event of an emergency with regards to all aspects of any shipboard emergency situation in accordance with various international regulations, codes of practices and maritime conventions such as ( SOLAS, MARPOL, OPA90, ETC.)
GNMTC has adopted an integrated Emergency Capability Plan for the administration of any major accident and/or oil spill or other emergency situation occurring on a GNMTC vessel. This includes the establishment of a crisis room and emergency response Team, which comprises of all key managers of the company and headed by the Chairman of the Company.
All members of the team are required to muster in the "Contingency Room", which is situated at the headquarters of GNMTC, in Tripoli, within 90 (Ninety) minutes of being informed of an emergency onboard a vessel irrespective of the hour of the day.
GNMTC exploits every opportunity to minimize the occurrence of emergencies by executing its routines under controlled conditions.
However, in order to respond to the actual emergency situations, GNMTC considered:
- Identified the emergency situations and potential accidents that may affect the safety of life, personnel health, property damage or may have an impact on the environment.
- Established emergency response plans in order to cover the residual risk and for dealing with external influences.
- Provided for training & drills programme onboard the Company’s vessel for compliance with the applicable regulations that all possible actions will be taken to:
- respond to actual emergency situations;
- reduce potential loss of life, personnel injury, property damage; and
- to prevent or mitigate associated adverse environmental impacts or consequences.
In addition to the onboard training & drills joint drills Office-Vessel are to be carried out in conjunction with a nominated vessel at least once per year. The purpose of joint drill is to test the effectiveness of communications and mobilisation systems, some drills should be organised outside normal office hours.
The joint drills shall consider the participation of external third parties, such as Class and Charterers, so they may also test and validate their own response plans.
These activities are defined the following system documents:
- OPM - 05 - 01 - Preparation of Emergency Response Plans;
- OPM - 05 - 02 - Emergency Drills and Trainings;
- Emergency Response Manual;
- Other ships’ specific manuals (e.g. SOPEP, STS, etc.)