V. Ships Leisure / Silversea In-Office Crisis Management Exercise

Each year ECM provides opportunities for their clients to participate in a variety of in office Spill Management Team (SMT) Tabletop Exercises (TTX).  An in office SMT TTX allows our clients to test their entire crisis management team to ensure they are properly able to respond to a crisis.

In office SMT/TTX are specifically designed, executed and facilitated to allow ECM clients opportunity for improvement through a wide range of challenges that may include, grounding, collisions, oil spills, crew injuries, etc.  Often times they will include outside participation from P&I Clubs, H&M Underwriters, Media Consultants, etc.

The Exercise Process

On July 17th, 2014, ECM facilitated in an in office SMT TTX with V.Ships Leisure (Ship Manger) and Silversea (ship Owner).

V.Ships Leisure is the largest supplier of management and outsourcing services to the maritime leisure industry. Silversea is one of the companies managed by V.Ship Leisure.

Silversea is a luxury cruise ship line which is recognized by many as one of the best luxory cruise lines in the world.

The Exercise was conducted simultaneously in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Silversea’s office), Monaco (V.Ships Leisure’s office) and on board the vessel Silver Spirit.

Mr. Scott May (ECM Norwalk Office) and Bruno Di Lascio (ECM Europe) has travelled respectively to Ft. Lauderdale and Monaco to play the role of facilitators.

The first phase of the process is for ECM to discuss with the clients the specific objectives they would like to accomplish during the SMT TTX.  From these discussions we develop the scenario and exercise objectives.  In this particular case, the scenario involved a vessel casualty in the shipping channel near Ft. Lauderdale.

The exercise design was oriented toward giving the V.Ships/Silversea Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) a realistic perspective of the timing and activities that would be involved under the Incident Command System (ICS) in the first several hours of the spill response in the US. The exercise was focused on those response issues that would be pertinent to the USCG, Florida DEQ (state agency) and other interested parties in the area.


Overall, the drill was satisfactory and provided an excellent training opportunity for the V.Ships and Silversea ERTs. The willing participation of both companies demonstrates their commitment to enhancing preparedness for emergency situations.




Should you have any question or interest for testing our services do not hesitate to contact Bruno Di Lascio (for Europe), at the following e-mail: info@ecmeurope.net



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