Students taking part in last year's Exercise Haven Seaports
Harwich International Port, and Essex County Council, in conjunction with the Haven Gateway Partnership, will be holding a 'Sea Port Role Play Day' on 6th October 2009, in the Cruise Terminal at the Port. This will be the fifth year that the event, codenamed ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’, has been held, and it is expected to attract over 100 students from local schools.
The aim of the Exercise is to make students from Colchester and Tendring aware of the growing employment opportunities within the Haven Gateway, and an opportunity to work alongside professionals from a number of service industries.
Students will play out an imaginary scenario in which several vessels are damaged in the Harwich Haven, and they will take on the role of the sectors involved in the emergency response - Harwich International Port, Stena Line, Essex County Council, Essex Police, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service, the RNLI, The Salvation Army and Harwich Haven Authority. This year will see the addition of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a further resource.
David Gledhill, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited, which owns Harwich International Port, said:
”At a time when we read a lot about the difficulties facing school leavers, we hope to inspire students to gain the best skills and qualifications available to put them in good stead for their futures. We hope that ‘Exercise Haven Seaports’ will serve to give young people in the Tendring area a taste of the type of exciting careers and opportunities open to them in the maritime and logistics sector.”
Throughout the day, students will be required to make important decisions and to respond to ever-changing conditions that are affected by external factors beyond their control. The safety of passengers, customer service and logistical issues will all have to be taken into consideration, whilst at the same time ensuring that resources are managed as effectively as possible. As well as problem-solving and decision-making, the students will learn important crisis management and communication skills by participating in the Exercise.
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Harwich International Port (HWH) is one of the UK’s leading multi-purpose freight and passenger ports with excellent road and rail links to the Midlands, London and the South East. It is ideally located for North Sea freight and passenger traffic to and from Scandinavia and the Benelux countries, offering first class ro-ro, ferry, container and bulk operations.
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