SINGAPORE - The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) mobilised more than 300 personnel from nine agencies on Wednesday morning to simulate a ferry rescue exercise in Singapore's southern waters.
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Here is the full statement from MPA:
This morning, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) successfully carried out a full deployment Ferry Rescue Exercise (FEREX 2013) involving more than 300 personnel from nine organisations.
MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), Captain M Segar said, "MPA organises annual ferry rescue exercises as part of our on-going efforts to validate and update our emergency preparedness plans and operations. This morning's exercise tested the activation and notification process, and the handling of mass casualties, two critical components in the event of any ferry mishaps in our port waters."
The exercise scenario involved a domestic ferry which was carrying about 100 passengers from Kusu Island. The ferry was passing through the East Keppel Fairway towards Marina South Pier when a fire broke out in the engine room. Several crew members and passengers were injured. While the crew attempted to put out the fire, some panic-stricken passengers jumped into the sea in fear that the ferry was going to sink.
FEREX 2013 involved resources deployed at sea at the East Keppel Fairway, the Port Operations Control Centre at PSA Vista (POCC-Vista), and the designated landing point at Pulau Brani.
The organisations that took part in the exercise included the MPA, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Force, Ministry of Health, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Singapore Polytechnic, PSA Corporation, People's Association and Ministry of Transport. Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services provided the "casualty ferry" as well as a rescue ferry for the exercise.