V.F. Tanker is holding regular counter-terrorism exercises

V.F. Tanker is holding regular counter-terrorism exercises

Over 200 scheduled terrorism response trainings have been conducted on the company’s vessels since the start of 2017

Over the first half of 2017, V.F. Tanker (part of UCL Holding) has held more than 200 scheduled exercises on its vessels aimed to test counter-terrorism awareness
and proficiency, as well as preparedness to detect and respond to potential threats.

On June 28, 2017, an annual special tactical exercise took place onboard the barge tug-and-tow train “Ural-4 – Volzhskaya-3” in the water area of Pamyat Parizhskoy Kommuny Shipyard JSC (Nizhny Novgorod region) with the participation of representatives of the Directorate of the Federal Security Service of Russia for the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Nizhny Novgorod Line Transport Authority of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The purpose of the event was to check the anti-terrorism security of the company’s vessel and its protection from explosion threat, to train in practice the crew’s skills and improve responsiveness of and precise interaction between the duty shifts and the national security, defense and law enforcement agencies. A special script had been elaborated for the exercise.

The analysis of the practical performance was focused on testing both transportation safety knowledge, and psychological readiness of the personnel to confidently respond to potential threats.

The crew of the barge tug-and-tow train accomplished their tasks wisely: they notified the operating units as required in accordance with the established procedure, arranged for vessel inspection in response to the received alarm that an explosive device had been planted on the vessel, after which the threat was detected and identified.

Based on the results of the exercise, the technical preparedness of all participants to prevent a terrorist attack was recognized adequate.

Counter-terrorism exercises consistent with the V.F. Tanker fleet’s transit routes are organized on each vessel at least monthly and constitute an essential tool of the company’s safety system.

Background: The shipping company V.F. Tanker specializes in liquid bulk cargo transportation by inland and international waterways. The company operates over
80 vessels of the total deadweight of around 400,000 ton, including 30 river-sea class ships performing all-year-round voyages.

In 2010, the company adopted a Safety Management System that meets the requirements of the International Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention, the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), and is certified by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.

V.F. Tanker forms part of the VBTH shipping division of UCL Holding international transportation group consolidating a variety of Russian shipping, railway, stevedore and logistic companies.

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