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Drills and Training

The Gallagher Marine Systems Drills &Training Department (GMS D&T Department) is comprised of personnel with extensive backgrounds in emergency management, disaster relief, incident response & investigation, port state control, the Incident Command System (ICS) and regulatory compliance. Each member of the department undergoes continuous training and attends real incident responses that provide them with the depth and experience to develop creative and challenging drills that involve the most recent regulatory and commercial issues.  In doing so, the GMS D&T Department performs over 100 drills annually, each one meeting various requirements.

With this vast amount of experience, the D&T Department can deliver a unique drill & training program that will provide you with an experience unlike any other. Each drill and training session is tailored to meet the needs of our compliance partners.

Table Top Exercise & Drills

The GMS D&T Department is tasked with developing challenging and constructive drills that meet the high standards of our compliance partners and the regulatory agencies that vet them. Our program is vast and comprehensive as we regularly design and perform these exercises for Tanker & Nontanker Planholders, Power/Energy Companies, Oil Terminals & Facilities, Cargo owners/charterers, Railroads and more.  Following are some examples of our drill packages:

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) & California Table Top Exercises

Companies holding California & USCG-approved Tanker and Nontanker Vessel Response Plans (VRP) must conduct an annual Table Top Exercise (TTX). This exercise, commonly called a “One-On-One” TTX involves the GMS QI/SMT, a vessel listed in the plan, and members of the Planholder’s crisis team.

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) & California Table Top Exercises

This drill tests all parties in responding to an incident and supporting the vessel from a crisis management team level.  Both GMS Tanker and Nontanker compliance partners find great value in the One-On-One TTX program as it both meets USCG & California requirements while also presenting challenging issues beyond the regulatory requirements.

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) & California Table Top Exercises

Focus Training Seminars

This seminar style exercise, provided for Nontank vessel plan holders, fulfills both USCG and California TTX requirements. The FTS is an interactive, seminar-style exercise and lecture that takes one day to complete.  GMS delivers this FTS in various locations throughout the world.  Before each FTS, we provide a Basic Introductory Course that provides a basic understanding of the North American Regulations.  Additionally, we provide a Regulatory update which details new and proposed changes that affect your vessels trade to the U.S.  To cap off the full day, GMS always invites guest speakers who make presentations on topical matters that are of recent importance to our compliance partner’s trade in the US.

Focus Training Seminars

Emergency/Crisis Plan (E/C P) Exercises:

GMS performs E/C P Exercises with a variety of different industry partners such as Shipping, Power, Rail and others.  E/C P exercises begin with a thorough review of your organization’s internal Emergency/Crisis Plans.  We will then develop exercises that address roles and responsibilities of emergency/crisis team members, the effectiveness and thoroughness of the plan, your organizations systems and more.  Our compliance partners find great value in this exercise in allowing GMS, as a third party, to make observations and recommendations based on the Emergency/Crisis team’s performance and more.  After the exercise, we will develop an After Action Report that provides constructive recommendations based on our observations and experience which will improve your overall performance.


Qualified Individual (QI) Training and QI Refresher Training

In accordance with OPA 90 and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT) pipeline, and BOEMRE/BSEE regulations, in addition to internal experience and knowledge, GMS offers a comprehensive Qualified Individual and QI Refresher training course. Each training course adheres to all regulations while providing an educational and practical experience that allows personnel to apply to their setting.

Shoreside & Shipboard Training:

The GMS D&T Department provide a variety of training packages for both Shoreside and Shipboard Personnel.  These programs range from Senior and Middle Management training to Shoreside crew training.  Shipboard programs vary from Pre-USCG boarding preparation to understanding US regulatory expectations during boardings.  Following are some examples:

Shoreside Training

  • Senior & Middle Management Training is designed to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the North American requirements (US, Canada, Panama) as they apply to Tankers & Nontankers.  Training then progresses into an overview and breakdown of current and future regulations, including various state and technical regulations, which directly involve the plan holder.  Further, we present and discuss commercial issues affecting the company and provide lessons learned from past incidents while also reviewing protocols that should be followed for incidents in the US.
  • Incident Command System (ICS) Training & Exercises:  This training is developed and delivered by ICS qualified instructors. The most common training modules delivered are ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800. Upon completion of each training module a Certification Certificate will be issued. Exercises can also be provided where individuals exercise the most basic ICS functions to the most complex drills in which they stand up a command post and develop an Incident Action Plan.
  • Shoreside Crew Training is designed to provide crew members with an enhanced understanding of what to expect when trading to the United States.  To achieve this level of understanding, the crew training program encompasses the following:
    • A review of initial response actions and protocols during the first hour of an incident
    • Managing expectations and demands of senior officers’ time and resources during the initial stages of an incident
    • Recommendations to minimize the spill and secure the source, and more

Additionally, we present an overview of all relative plans for the vessel and the roles and responsibilities of the QI/SMT along with other relevant parties to ensure that all shipboard personnel have a foundation for expectations in all US ports.

Shipboard Familiarization & Training

  • Shipboard Training is developed and tailored to meet the needs of the crew.  Training programs can consist of the following:
    • Overview of the vessel’s plans (VRP, CA Plan, SOPEP, PCSOPEP) when calling to US ports.
    • How to prepare and what is expected from regulatory authorities, both Federal and State, while on-board the vessel.
    • What actions are needed and how to react during exercises (both announced and unannounced) as well as real-time incidents.

To further enhance the training experience, the Shipboard Training program can be combined with other services provided by our Technical Department.

Incident Command System (ICS) Training

Please visit our ICS Training Page for more information.