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2017 IMT TTX

O’Brien’s Response Management conducted another successful Annual Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise (IMT TTX)* in Long Beach, California on March 9 and 10. The emergency response exercise and training seminar was well attended by more than 130 participants. This challenging exercise tested the interaction, communication, and problem solving between the Incident Commander, Federal and State On-Scene Coordinators, and IMT members, including the USCG, California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR), OSRO, SMFF, the vessel operator’s representative, P&I club correspondents, and other stakeholders in the critical stages of a vessel casualty.

We would like to thank our clients, Synergy Maritime Private Limited and Wilhelmsen Ship Management Limited, for volunteering and supporting us in creating and exercising a very thorough and relevant scenario. This year's worst case discharge scenario involved increased salvage and marine firefighting complexities in addition to an oil spill near Long Beach, CA resulting from an allision of two vessels.

To download a copy of the 2017 Certification Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise letters, please click on the links below:

Please watch the video below to experience highlights of this exciting event:

If you were unable to attend this event, please see the schedule below for the series of one-day seminars we will be holding in 2017. These events will include a briefing from the Qualified Individual in the US as presented to Unified Command during the large-scale exercise in March.

Documentation and presentations from 2017 IMT TTXs are available in the VesselProTM Document Library.


The annual IMT TTX is an important element in our ongoing “Partnership in Compliance” program. As required by USCG’s “Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Guidelines”, each Vessel Response Plan Holder must test their plan by conducting an exercise with their incident management team annually. The State of California also requires Plan Holders to conduct an annual IMT TTX.

As your designated IMT, ORM designs, conducts, evaluates, and reports these exercises on your behalf in order to ensure compliance. To make it easy for you to comply, we conduct a PREP IMT TTX at strategically located cities around the world.

As always, there is no limit to the number of participants that can attend from your company. You may also send participants to one or more of the venues. We want the IMT TTX to be available to as many of your staff as possible. Please plan on sending a representative to one of these exercises.

* Note: The 2016 PREP Guidelines have replaced the term Spill Management Team Tabletop Exercise (SMT TTX) with Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise (IMT TTX) as the scope of exercises may include more than just oil spill response (i.e. salvage). The 2016 PREP Guidelines also now require plan holders to participate in a Salvage and Marine Firefighting Table Top Exercises (SMFF TTX). We will be coordinating with the SMFF service providers to integrate these requirements into our IMT TTX event in order to provide one event that will satisfy all requirements. Those who attend one of our IMT TTX events will be issued certificates documenting participation in a combined exercise which also satisfies compliance with the SMFF TTX for 2017.

Who Must Attend an Annual IMT TTX

  • At least one representative for each plan (VRP) holder must attend one of the exercise venues.
  • As always, participation is unlimited. You may send as many participants to as many venues as you like.

Upcoming Exercises

Large-Scale US Based Exercise


Long Beach, California Thursday, 09 March
Friday, 10 March
1130 - 1700
0800 - 1700
Marriott Long Beach
Commercial Fishing Vessel Industry IMT TTX
Completed Seattle, Washington Thursday, 10 August 0900 - 1700 Residence Inn Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
Yacht IMT TTX (Cancelled)
Completed Tokyo Wednesday, 22 March 0900 - 1700 Shangri-La Hotel
Completed Busan Friday, 24 March 0900 - 1700 Lotte Hotels & Resorts Busan
Completed Shanghai Tuesday, 28 March 0900 - 1700 JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
Completed Taipei Thursday, 30 March 0900 - 1700 Shangri-La's - Far Eastern Plaza Hotel
Completed Hong Kong Wednesday, 05 April 0900 - 1700 Island Shangri-La Hotel


Singapore Monday, 10 April 0900 - 1700 Shangri-La Hotel
Completed London Thursday, 07 September 0900 - 1700 Marriott Kensington
Completed Hamburg Wednesday, 13 September 0900 - 1700 Radisson Blu Hotel Hamburg
Completed Athens Thursday, 21 September 0900 - 1700 Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso
Completed Limassol Tuesday, 26 September 0900 - 1700 Four Seasons Hotel


Mumbai Tuesday, 07 November 0900 - 1700 JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu


Dubai Thursday, 09 November 0900 - 1700 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai


Copenhagen Tuesday, 14 November 0900 - 1700 Copenhagen Marriott Hotel


Istanbul Thursday, 14 December 1330 - 1730 Hosted by YASA TANKER S.A.
Küçük Çamlıca Mah.
Üçpınarlar Caddesi No:40
Üsküdar, İstanbul, 34674

O'Brien's Response Management Goes Green

To help meet our continuing commitment to conservation and the environment, we are "Going Green" for the 2017 IMT TTX Program. We will make handouts and presentations available on VesselProTM for you to download, print (as needed) and bring to the IMT TTX. This will not only save trees, but it will help minimize the carbon footprint of our IMT TTX program. Please contact us at for any VesselProTM access issues.

Incident Management Team Experience

This event provides a unique opportunity to observe the largest and most experienced full time and contracted network of professional responders to all hazards and responses in the US spanning the last three decades. Our team has hands-on experience in strategic and tactical decision making and have managed or provided technical support for some of the largest natural disasters and environmental emergencies, including the Deepwater Horizon and the Enbridge Pipeline oil spills as well Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, Rita Ike and Gustav. Witt O’Brien’s was the primary response manager for the most significant maritime incidents in recent history including the T/V Dubai Star, M/V COSCO Busan, M/T Athos I, and M/T Exxon Valdez. We combine experience with state-of-the-art tools to be sure we stay ahead of paper work and reporting required in the federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS) Incident Command System (ICS). Regardless of the size of the event, ORM leverages our extensive knowledge and relationships with USCG and other federal and state agencies to make sure your response operations are scaled to meet your needs, cost effective, and properly documented.

Witt O'Brien's Historical Response Map Tour -

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