On Monday March-13 Avior was the scene of an emergency drill organised by the Norwegian Hull Club and Avior Principal Alassia NewShips Management. The live exercise was centered around informing 'next of kin' about an incident on board and keeping control of communication channels and information. Other locations linked in the scenario were Alassia's Athens office, and off site 'actors. from Marine Benefits to act 'next of kin'-persons. Leading the scenario and briefing participants was Mr Gier Skoglund of the Norwegian Hull Club.
Apart from the Avior-Alassia team, also staff from Alassia's other agents Epsylon and Wallem participated in the exercise in the Avior Office.
"Of course one hopes never to have to use what has been learned in this drill but there can be no complacency in being prepared" stated Avior Director Joost Mes. "Unfortunately those scenario's can hit you when you least expect them. It is also important for Seafarers to realize the importance of providing us upto date information on their next of kin".
In this day and age of social media, keeping control of information and the communication channels is another concern. News travels so fast and this is one of the concerns we try to address through our media training. Responsible use of social media is what we promote.