27/11/2014
Oil spill drill in the Gulf of Eilat, Nov. 2014 Photo: Galia Pasternak

MoEP Inspectors Conduct Oil Spill Drill in Gulf of Eilat
Oil spill drill in the Gulf of Eilat, Nov. 2014
Photo: Galia Pasternak
​A three-day exercise coordinated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MoEP) this week examined the country’s preparedness to treat an oil pollution event. Some 100 professionals from various agencies took part in the national drill, which simulated a marine accident between a phosphate ship and an oil tanker that caused some 550 tons of crude oil to leak into the sea.

Oil spill drill in the Gulf of Eilat, Nov. 2014 Photo: Galia Pasternak

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MoEP Inspectors Conduct Oil Spill Drill in Gulf of Eilat
Oil spill drill in the Gulf of Eilat, Nov. 2014
Photo: Galia Pasternak
​The director of the drill, which is conducted annually by the MoEP’s Marine and Coastal Division, sets a number of targets in advance. Among the things examined in depth were cooperation between the different relevant agencies, the ability of all involved to manage a national incident – with regard to preparedness and response. That response includes operation of special equipment and vessels to block and clean up the spill, and cleanup of the coasts. An exercise of this scope is a good test of the MoEP’s and the country’s ability to combat an oil spill.

Agencies and organizations that took part in the drill include the: Israel Police, Israel Defense Forces, Israel Nature and Parks Authority, Port of Eilat, Eilat Ashkelon Pipeline Co., Navy, Eilat municipality, Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences, Administration of Shipping and Ports, and the Eilat-Eilot volunteer rescue unit.