Coast Guard to Host Louisiana Safety and Security Drill

MORGAN CITY, La. – U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Morgan City and other local, state and federal agencies will join forces this Friday for a triennial drill. This high-visibility exercise is one of the many ways stewards of the maritime community strive to continuously improve the safety and security of our region thru assessment of coordinated interagency command and control operations.

“We will test the agreements made in our Area Maritime Security Plan regarding response to an incident to see if they need to be updated or modified, or if we need to include additional agreements not already considered,” commented Captain Scott Paradis, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City and Captain of the Port. “In short, we will validate the integrity of the information contained in our plan and make updates or changes that may become obvious as we work through the plan during our exercise.”

The scenario of the drill has not been disclosed to the exercise participants. They know the day will be centered on an event in which they will be required to respond, however, no one has a clear idea of what type of incident awaits them that day. Drills often are based on scenarios such as major oil spills, serious marine incidents or terrorist attacks that could possibly happen in their ‘backyard.’

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