Innovative Catastrophe Exercise to Be Held on Svalbard


The catastrophe train LIVEX will happen from the twenty eighth of August to the first of September outdoors of Svalbard. The expedition ship M/S Quest will embark on a cruise alongside the west aspect of Spitsbergen with 50 passengers and a crew of 25 folks. The train can even happen within the waters outdoors of Longyearbyen. 

Kevin Fitzgibbon, chief of Halpin analysis Heart at Munster Technological College, one of many ARCSAR companions. (Picture: Non-public)

“The train will begin on a seashore the place restricted emergency conditions can be practiced, like offering first assist to an injured individual. The train will then transition right into a simulation of a giant fireplace and full blackout on the ship, with subsequent mass evacuations,” says Kevin Fitzgibbon, chief of Halpin analysis Heart at Munster Technological College in Cork, Eire.

The train is being carried out as a part of ARCSAR, an EU-funded mission to ascertain the primary formal safety and preparedness community for the Arctic and the North-Atlantic.

The mission is led by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Northern Norway and the mission consortium is comprised of 21 companions from 13 nations. They’ve contributed in varied methods within the years lengthy planning of the train and can take part with their representatives. Fitzgibbon on the associate college in Eire is amongst these.

The train exercise on Svalbard is organized by the Icelandic Coast Guard, whereas the Norwegian Coast Guard and the Norwegian Air Power can be chargeable for the evacuation with a ship and a SAR Queen-helicopter.

Different members are the Governor of Svalbard, The Norwegian Coastal Administration, and the Affiliation of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).