The Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Armed Forces, BC Ferries, Emergency Management BC, BC Emergency Health Services, and Public Safety Canada are leading a large scale, multi-agency, on-water emergency preparedness exercise in the Gulf Islands area. “Exercise Salish Sea 2017” is an opportunity for various organizations to work together in maritime emergency scenario and practice a coordinated response.
The scenario for the exercise is that a fire has occurred on BC Ferries’ M/V Coastal Renaissance, and passengers and crew must evacuate. On October 25, M/V Coastal Renaissance will be taken out of regular service, and will be the platform used for the evacuation of 100 volunteers for the Search and Rescue portion of the exercise. This will also include a hand-over of command from the Canadian Armed Forces to the Canadian Coast Guard.
On October 26, CCGS Bartlett will be simulating the ferry near Salt Spring Island for the marine Environmental Response portion of the exercise. An Incident Command Post, to oversee the coordination of the simulated clean-up efforts, will be organized by Coast Guard at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney for that day.