Emergency drill

Heinrich Hirdes EOD Project undersea cable Riffgat

The emergency drill involved the participation of 60 people.
The training area was in the sea area between the islands of Borkum and Memmert (53° 36’N; 006° 49’E).

The following organisations were involved:

  • German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies,
  • Boskalis Hirdes,
  • VVT Bremen (Rescue and Medical Response),
  • VVT Cuxhaven,
  • Customs vessel “Borkum”,
  • Rescue cruiser “Bernhard Gruben” DGzRS,
  • Helicopter from the German navy,
  • RUD team from the German navy (Realistic Accidents Training) and
  • Multicat “Coastal Discovery” from Acta Marine.


Drill scenario

The assumed drill scenario was that an explosion had occurred on the Multicat “Coastal Discovery” while clearing ordnance using electromagnets.

The explosion was caused by a 350 kg, 28 cm shell falling onto the deck due to the loss of the magnetic field on the electromagnet / black out of the power supply to the electromagnet. / Black Out der Stromversorgung des Elektromagneten.

Incipient fires had broken out but were being fought by the crew and had been brought under control. 25 people were on board, including ten people with different degrees of injury. The “Multicat's” manoeuvrability was restricted.

Goal of the drill

The focal points of the emergency drill were to train the interfaces between the emergency services from the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies, the crews of the emergency vehicles involved (DGzRS, customs) and the disaster actors (Multicat “Coastal Discovery” / Boskalis Hirdes) in one incident. 

Additionally, the knowledge gained from the participants’ safety training was called upon and implemented in practice in order to deepen the knowledge for assistance.

Attention was also given to testing the communication chain in the event of an emergency.