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This video was taken with permission of RMS Educator Ray Lonsdale during a boating safety presentation to the Campbelltown Catholic Club fishing group. It is an excellent presentation by Ray who showed us just what actually happens when you activate flares. Thank you RMS for providing the teams that give us presentations on boating safety. The addition of the flare demonstration was very well received by the group and a new feature that should be done for boaters/anglers wherever possible. Donna aka mrsswordfisherman (Community Manager)
23 SEPTEMBER 2019 Maritime incident response experts to test their skills with on-water training scenario this week NSW Maritime marine incident response experts from around the State will gather tomorrow and Wednesday for a marine pollution training exercise at Greenwell Point, Nowra. NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said NSW Maritime staff would hone their specialist skills during an on-water fictional exercise which would include the use and deployment of specialist equipment. “The first day of the course will take place at the NSW Maritime office in Nowra, followed by a practical exercise on Wednesday from 11am to 3pm which will involve a scenario at Greenwell Point, and include the use of two types of oil spill containment booms, skimmers and storage tanks,” Mr Hutchings said. “The course will focus on NSW Maritime’s responsibilities as a combat agency. “The training will provide the opportunity for experts to rehearse what could happen in real life, and respond quickly in the event of a marine pollution incident in NSW waters. “Spills involving marine oil and chemicals can occur at any time along the NSW coast and in ports or estuaries, and it is important for staff to have the confidence to know what to do and which equipment to deploy without hesitation. “When it comes to a real-life marine pollution scenario, staff need to have the ability to work together with other stakeholders and get the job done as quickly as possible. “It will test equipment and operational procedures in deployment, operation and recovery of marine pollution response equipment and the deployment of a first-strike response plan,” Mr Hutchings said. It will also include Emergency Management Arrangements and the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies. For pollution which appears to be coming from marine oil and chemical spills, contact should be made with the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). To report oil and chemical spills in inland waters contact Fire and Rescue NSW.
23 SEPTEMBER 2019 New Aboriginal trainees on board for success Jessica Slow from Stroud and Ethan King from Holsworthy are about to start their first full week as the new recruits of NSW Maritime’s Aboriginal Maritime Services traineeship program. Jessica, 33, who is a descendant of the Awabakal people from the mid-north coast of NSW and 17-year-old Ethan who identifies as Kamilaroi, were successful from a large line up of applicants for the two year maritime traineeships. NSW Maritime Executive Director Mark Hutchings said the NSW Government program was developed to assist young people with practical skills and boating knowledge to receive a Certificate II in Maritime Operations. “The NSW Maritime Training and Capability team is rolling out the Certificate II in Maritime Operations by delivering training at the workplace and utilising existing maritime resources. “NSW Maritime has a long and successful history of employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people in our workforce,” Mr Hutchings said. “This program aims to produce positive outcomes for the community and gives the trainees hands-on experience across all areas of NSW Maritime, including product services, operations and compliance, maritime environmental services and boating education. “NSW Maritime is pleased that Boating Safety, Product Services, Environmental Services and Boating Education Officers are able to share their knowledge and offer mentoring and support to the trainees during their traineeship. “Given the wealth of knowledge and experience at Maritime, the trainees will learn in an operational environment rather than a classroom to provide the most ‘hands-on’ experience. “During the two-year traineeship, candidates learn about the functions of the agency, the industry as well as hands on practical training which enables them to operate a domestic commercial vessel. Mr Hutchings said more than 22 people applied for the roles and underwent a rigorous four-part application process. “The application day in June provided candidates an operational experience with a day on the water learning new skills on the training vessel Wingara. “Rabbitohs stars Nathan Merrit and Yileen Gordon are mentors in the Aboriginal community and awarded all candidates with a certificate of participation after the application process was complete,” Mr Hutchings said. NSW Maritime works with Yarn'n Employment Agency to connect trainees to a friendly and knowledgeable external mentor throughout the traineeship. The traineeships are offered every two years. Nice work Hutcho