Maine Maritime Academy course to prepare for coastal emergencies

(CASTINE, MAINE – MAY 11, 2008) – Managing marine-related emergencies in Maine coastal communities will be the topic of two pilot courses to be offered by Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) at Castine and Portland. Developed in cooperation with the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MMA) and Marine Emergency Management Consulting and Instruction, “Command Strategies and Tactics or Marine Emergencies” will be presented at MMA on May 21-23, and at the Portland Water District Building on June 18-20. First responders and representatives of portside industries and facilities are eligible to attend either course with advance registration.

This course concentrates on accepted best practices and methodologies for effective emergency management, planning, preparedness, response and recovery within the maritime domain. Topics of study include multi-jurisdictional issues, and physical hazards and the environmental considerations associated with marine emergency incidents that can occur within ports, at marine terminals, and in the communities where they are located. The course will address vessel fires, hazardous materials incidents, cruise vessel emergencies, and other incidents that may have the potential to have a major impact on a coastal community. The program is focused on fostering a spirit of cooperation and coordination among the many different agencies and industries that would be involved in a marine emergency.

For additional information or to register, contact the MMA Office of Continuing Education (207) 326-2211.

By Professional Mariner Staff