The exercise involving Police, Fire and Rescue, Border Force, along with Port of Blyth staff and Reay Security, tested both the Port’s preparedness for emergencies and in particular their response to security incidents.
Martin Willis, Port of Blyth Harbour Master/Port Facility Security Officer, said: “As a growing Trust Port it is of vital importance that the systems, plans and procedures we have in place to deal with emergency situations and security incidents are fit for purpose.
“State 21’s recent assistance with testing our readiness, contingency and business continuity planning for responding to such events was invaluable as their expertise of emergency planning and response ensured that all potential eventualities were tested fully and that the Port’s protocols for such scenarios remain both robust and effective.”
State 21 is a resilience management consultancy delivering training, exercises and de-briefing at strategic, tactical and operational levels.
Richard Rowland, Managing Director of State 21, also commented: “We were delighted to help such a forward-thinking Port to test their plans and to facilitate a multi-agency exercise, which enhances both Port Security and emergency response.
“Port of Blyth should be rightly proud of their continuing focus on making the Port more secure and as a result more attractive to business.”
The Port of Blyth, in Northumberland, is the operating division of Blyth Harbour Commission, an independent statutory trust port established in 1882.