ETAS is an emergency service which assists ship owners and their representatives ensure ship safety and prevent or minimize the effects of marine pollution in the event of a serious ship casualty such as stranding, collision or explosion. Working closely with the owner and salvage team, the ETAS team is often the brains behind the brawn, making sure that the salvage operations don’t make the situation worse, or minimizing any necessary negative impact.
Preparing for a crisis starts with registering for the ETAS service. At this time all the relevant data of the ships registered for the PrimeShip-ETAS service are stored in a database for easy retrieval in order to be able compute the damage stability and the impact of damage on for example, longitudinal strength in case of an emergency. Technical advice can then be provided as to the best course of action that may be taken to secure the safety of the vessel. In the case of an emergency, the ship/client should contact the ETAS team as soon as possible after the incident. The team takes the information provided by the ship and uses it together with the data previously registered in the database to make the necessary computations. Technical advice is then provided concerning transfer or off-loading of cargo, fuel or ballast if necessary, as well as any necessary temporary repairs so that the Master and crew of the damaged ship can respond to the emergency as quickly and effectively as possible.
An ETAS team of highly trained specialists including experienced surveyors, naval architects, master mariners and chief engineers stand ready to respond to any client request 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as time is often a critical factor in crisis management.
ETAS complies with the relevant requirements set forth in the “Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan” required by the amended Annex I of MARPOL 73/78 as well as the “Vessel Response Plan” required for oil tankers entering any U.S. port as stipulated in the provisions of the US Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).