Ferry Emergency Exercise Tests Multi-Agencies’ Response Capabilities

25 August 2017

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) held a half-day ferry emergency exercise today to test the readiness of various agencies to respond to ferry mishaps in the Port of Singapore. 

2     More than 300 personnel from 18 agencies and companies took part in this ground  deployment exercise which included deployment of resources at sea at the Eastern Anchorage for search and rescue operations and management of casualties and rescued persons at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. 

3     The annual exercise was observed by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min, maritime safety agencies from 12 countries, ferry operators, International Ferry Safety Association and participants from overseas maritime and port administrations attending the fourth Port Management Programme conducted by the MPA Academy.
4     The exercise involved the evacuation of about 100 passengers on a regional ferry that was en-route to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. Fifty of the passengers role played as casualties. The seaward segment included a demonstration on transfer of passengers onto a liferaft and nearby rescue craft and ferry; deployment of response craft and drone to carry out search and rescue operations; and deployment of Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard to rescue man overboard. A new communication application which allowed secured communication between the on-scene commander and the incident manager was also tested.  

5     Mr Andrew Tan, MPA's Chief Executive said, "Safety remains our key priority. Annually, we conduct ferry evacuation exercise to ensure that our ferry operators and the various agencies know what to do during an emergency. It is also a reminder to all our stakeholders that safety is everyone’s responsibility and we have to remain vigilant at all times. MPA will continue to work with the maritime community to raise the overall standards of safety in our port.” 

Transfer of passengers

Passengers being transferred onto a liferaft        

Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard

Testing out the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard to rescue man overboard        

Casualties at landing point

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min, observing management of casualties at the landing point

Briefing on casualties

Briefing by SCDF officer on the casualties.