MARPART Newsletter - Spring 2018
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NORDLAB officially opened by Norwegian Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration, Tor Mikkel Wara

On April 24th Nord University Preparedness Management Lab (NORDLAB) was opened by the Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration, Tor Mikkel Wara. The Minister of Justice highlighted the importance of training and education within preparedness. 
from left to right: Erlend Bullvåg, Dean, Nord University Business School / Anita Eriksen, Director of Economy and HR, Nord University / Tor Mikkel Wara, Norwegian Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration / Odd Jarl Borch, Professor and leader of NORDLAB, Nord University Business School / Hege Christin Stenhammer, Advisor for NORDLAB, Nord University Business School. (Photo: Marpart)

A large group of representatives from the Norwegian emergency preparedness institutions as well as public authorities participated at the event and expressed their excitement to be a part of the future activities at the lab. Among others, Bent-Ove Jamtli, director of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center North Norway mentioned the additional benefits of the lab. NORDLAB will contribute to competence building and knowledge on how to unite all available preparedness resources in the Northern regions. 

Representatives from the regional authorities included Mayor Ida Pinnerød, Nordland County Council for Education, Hild-Marit Olsen and County Divisional Director, Egil Johansen. They emphasized the relevance of NORDLAB for providing a cluster for Arctic oil spill preparedness, search and rescue, and safe operations.
from left to right: Tor Mikkel Wara, Norwegian Minister of Justice, Public Security and Immigration / 
Odd Jarl Borch, Professor and leader of NORDLAB, Nord University Business School; (Photo: Marpart)


About the lab: NORDLAB provides an arena for education, research, exercises and testing of management tools and collaboration processes related to sea, land and air-based emergency response and complex operations. In cooperation with world-leading suppliers of emergency preparedness software, modelling & simulation systems and decision-making support solutions, Nord University has invested in computer-based simulation capacities integrated with crisis management decision-support tools and command and control support systems.

NORDLAB will also be a major asset when it comes to the education of students. From autumn 2018, the Master program in Preparedness and Emergency Management will start up and have training at the lab. Recently, Nord University started a bachelor program in paramedics, where students will be able to test their skills especially for the on-scene commander role. The lab will provide students with realistic scenarios in order to develop state of the art competences and preparedness experience.

Ambassadors from USA and Canada joined NORDLAB during open doors at High North Dialogue 

On April 18 and 19, the annual Arctic conference High North Dialogue took place at Nord university in Bodø. The team at NORDLAB, Lofoten maritime college and Bodin maritime college organized a side-event on April 19, with SAR and oil spill response simulations. Visitors were able to participate during the simulated maritime emergency and join the team while they were coordinating an oil spill response incident. Visitors had a chance to maneuver simulated vessels, perform environmental planning of the response, as well as getting familiarized with the available tools at the lab.
Ambassador Artur Wilczynski (third left), with the Marpart team and other visitors including Kerstin Magnusson from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (right) and Kjersti Granås Bardal from Nordland Research Institute (third right); (Photo: Marpart)

The scenario - cruise ship collides with ice in Isfjorden while sailing to Longyearbyen/Spitsbergen

Area: During the last days there has been substantial ice drift through Forlandsundet due to ongoing N-wind. The ice has included old ice and growlers. This type of ice is difficult to see, as it lays low in the water.

Damage: A cruise ship suffered hull damage after collision with ice while sailing into Isfjorden at Svalbard. A hole in the engine tank nr. 2 has caused 2000m3 heavy fuel oil to be released into the sea. All waterproof sections were closed from the bridge, and no further damage was reported.

Distress call: Distress signals has been sent and received by Norwegian Coastal Radio NORD. The captain has reported collision with ice. There is neither danger for water entering the ship nor danger for any reduced stability. The captain has chosen to “rest” the ship and await help and support. He has reported that there was no immediate danger for ship and people aboard. Yet, he has reported oil emissions from heavy fuel oil around the ship.

Rescue operation:  The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center has taken the lead of the operation contacting vessels in vicinity. However, as there is no danger for people on board, the SAR operation has ended and the responsibility taken over by the oil preparedness organization of the coastal administration. 

Oil spill response: As this is a large oil spill in a vulnerable area, the coastal administration takes over the coordination of the response. Their action management team starts an oil spill response operation to limit further oil spill and collects as much of the oil as possible. 

Focus of the exercise: The exercise focused on the roles of the action management team at operational level, and role of the Incident commander Sea having the tactical coordination on-scene. The tasks of the incident commander sea include the dialogue with the cruise vessel captain, providing to the situational awareness of the action staff, and implementing the plan received from the operational level, including the task of directing the vessels performing oil recovery operations.

The Canadian Ambassador to Norway, Artur Wilczynski, as well as the Ambassador of the United States to Norway, Kenneth Braithwaite, visited the lab. Ambassador Braithwaite has substantial professional experience from the US Navy and expressed his interest to support facilitation of further contact with US emergency preparedness institutions.
Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite (second right) with the Marpart team and Dean Erlend Bullvåg (right); (Photo: High North Center)


The international OSC course was arranged by the Finnish Border Guard as a part of their Arctic Coast Guard Forum chairmanship. The MARPART team took part as observers and received increased understanding of the OSC-role. The course was designed for masters and navigational or deck officers at management level of sea-going vessels, either merchant or authority.
Day 1 of the theory lessons; (Photo: Finnish Border Guard)
The purpose of the OSC-course was to assist different countries and coast guard organizations in meeting their own SAR needs. Another focus of the course was to gather and share best practices and at the same time develop practical methods to upgrade responsibilities when the participant has been ordered to act as an OSC. The course had participants from Finland, Norway, USA, Russia and Latvia.

The first two days of the course were dedicated to theory of the SAR system, OSC roles and responsibilities, as well as search areas and patterns. The rest of the week, participants took part in various simulator exercises. NORDLAB and the MARPART team will utilize best practices and lessons learned from the OSC course in further developing courses and activities conducted at NORDLAB.
Bridges in Aboa Mare simulator; (Photo: Aboa Mare)
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