National oil spill drill, June 2015 Photo: Dror Arieli
During the exercise, a scenario will be played out in which a large amount of oil will "spill" in the sea and on the beaches. The drill is part of Israel’s National Contingency Plan for Preparedness and Response to Combating Marine Oil Pollution. The MoEP routinely conducts such drills, in order to assure prompt and effective action that will minimize damage during an actual marine pollution incident.
Those taking part in the drill will carry out a variety of oil spill treatment activities at both the local and national level, including:
- overhead flights to survey the damage;
- understanding the potential movement of oil slicks through models that include data on currents and waves;
- overhead spraying to disperse oil slicks;
- use of oil pollution treatment systems, such as vessels with special equipment for blocking and pumping oil;
- deployment of equipment and personnel for the treatment and cleaning of polluted beaches; and
- communication with international and regional entities in order to coordinate joint actions to treat the pollution.