Muscat – Environment Authority (EA), in collaboration with National Emergency Management Committee, is set to conduct a national exercise called Nawras 2023 to combat oil pollution. The drill will take place in Sohar Port on Monday and Tuesday.
Numerous entities will join the initiative, including Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health, the Maritime Security Centre, Royal Navy of Oman, Civil Aviation Authority, Royal Air Force of Oman, Civil Defence and Ambulance Authority, Royal Oman Police, Authority for Public Services Regulation, Petroleum Development Oman, and be’ah.
The primary objective of Nawras 2023 is to test and reinforce the national plan for emergency situations involving oil spills, ensuring the readiness of both the government and private sectors in joint anti-pollution operations. A key focus is to ascertain the preparedness of relevant authorities as per the national plan to combat oil pollution.
The exercise will also serve as a training platform for personnel involved in oil spill response, enabling exchange of knowledge and technical expertise among Omani authorities and draw on regional and international expertise, a statement said.
The drill will simulate an oil spill at Sohar Port to assess detection and response capabilities using advanced marine and aerial equipment. EA will deploy rubber barriers to contain the simulated spill and utilise suction equipment for oil removal from the sea. Additionally, Royal Air Force of Oman will demonstrate aerial spraying techniques using aircraft equipped with modern oil spill response tools.