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HMA Maritime Environmental Emergencies

Find out about the roles of WA's Hazard Management Agency for marine environmental emergencies, the Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) unit and the State Response Team.

  Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER)

The Department of Transport is the Hazard Management Agency for marine oil pollution incidents and maritime transport emergencies in Western Australian waters.

Our Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) unit protects our marine environment from oil pollution through:

  • Prevention.
  • Preparation.
  • Response.
  • Recovery.

The MEER's role is to:

  • Develop marine oil spill response capabilities.
  • Provide resources and support during response operations.
  • Maintain equipment to enable an effective response.
  • Develop and deliver appropriate training programs.
  • Assist ports and industry in developing marine oil spill contingency plans.
  • Provide 24-hour on-call support for marine oil spills.
  • Develop national networks to ensure WA is up to date with oil spill response techniques.
  • Maintain the Oil Spill Response Atlas (OSRA).
  • Raise community awareness about the impact of marine oil spills.

In order to pursue these aims, the MEER works closely with Commonwealth, State, local and private sector bodies.

  Maritime Incident Management Team

In readiness for a Maritime Environmental Emergency (MEE) incident, the Department of Transport maintains a pool of Maritime Incident Management Team (MIMT) members, trained and ready to contribute to an Incident Management Team (IMT) as required. 

The Maritime Incident Management Team (MIMT) comprises of differing incident management functions, units and specific roles based on the Australasian Interagency Incident Management System (AIIMS) to form an Incident Management Team (IMT). 

For each specific incident the exact functions and units that will be required to form an appropriate Incident Management Team (IMT) will be determined by the Incident Controller and Functional Leads, dependent on the situation and requirements at hand. 

Members of the MIMT are drawn from organisations with interests and responsibilities regarding marine oil pollution, including: 

  • Government agencies.
  • Port authorities.
  • Industry.

The MIMT was created out of the State Government's commitment to effective preparedness and response to marine pollution incidents.

  State Response Team

The Metropolitan State Response Team (SRT) is made up of front line marine oil pollution responders who provide guidance to other responders. In the event of a major incident, SRT members have the qualifications to effectively take on the role of team leader.

Members of the SRT are drawn from organisation with interests and responsibilities regarding marine oil pollution, including:

  • Government agencies.
  • Port authorities.
  • Industry.

The SRT was created out of the State Government's commitment to effective preparedness and response to marine pollution incidents.

  State Response Equipment (SRE)

The Department of Transport's State Response Equipment (SRE) comprises stockpiles of Oil Spill Response Equipment, in the form of Response Kits, General Equipment and Response Supplies. These stockpiles are positioned and designed to respond to an actual or impending Level 2/3 Maritime Environmental Emergency (MEE) across WA at short notice. They differ from equipment held by DoT to meet response preparedness requirements for specific maritime facilities. SRE is exclusively managed by the Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) Team.

Non-MEER Entities can request to use State Response Equipment for an incident by contacting the Department at marine.pollution@transport.wa.gov.au, noting urgent requests for the use of the Equipment for an incident can be made by contacting the Departments 24 hr contact number - see Reporting marine oil pollution

 

Page last updated: Tue Apr 27 2021 4:07:42 PM