O’Brien’s Response Management is planning our 2018 Annual Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise (IMT TTX)* in Houston, Texas on March 5 and 6. The emergency response exercise and training seminar will be conducted in a workshop format this year to allow all in attendance more opportunity to experience what is involved in being a member of the Incident Management Team. This challenging exercise will test the interaction, communication, and problem solving between the Incident Commander, Federal and State On-Scene Coordinators, and IMT members, including the USCG, Texas General Land Office (TGLO), OSROs, SMFFs, the vessel operator’s representative, and other stakeholders in the critical stages of a vessel casualty.

We would like to thank, in advance, our clients, Mideast Ship Management JLT and Northern Marine Management Limited, for volunteering and supporting us in developing and delivering a very thorough and relevant scenario for the exercise. This year’s worst-case discharge scenario will also involve increased salvage and marine firefighting complexities in addition to an oil spill near Point Bolivar, Texas resulting from a collision of two vessels. The preliminary agenda for the Houston exercise is now available for download below:

If you are unable to attend this event, please see the schedule below for the series of one-day seminars we will be holding in 2018. These events will include recorded video with highlights from the exercise and training workshops conducted in Houston during the large-scale exercise.

Documentation and presentations from the 2018 IMT TTX are now available in the VesselProTM Resource Library.

To download a copy of the 2018 Certification Letter for the Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise, please click on the link below:


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 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 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 2018.

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
Completed Houston, Texas Monday, 05 March
Tuesday, 06 March
1230 – 1700
0800 – 1700
Commercial Fishing Vessel Industry IMT TTX
Completed Seattle, Washington Tuesday, 14 August 0900 – 1700 Residence Inn Seattle Downtown-Lake Union
Register Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Monday, 29 October 0900 – 1700 Resolve Marine Group Offices
Spring / Summer
Completed Tokyo Thursday, 05 April 0900 – 1700 Shangri-La Hotel
Completed Busan Monday, 09 April 0900 – 1700 Lotte Hotels & Resorts Busan
Completed Shanghai Wednesday, 11 April 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
Completed Taipei Friday, 13 April 0900 – 1700 Client Office
Completed Mumbai Tuesday, 17 April 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Completed Singapore Tuesday, 17 July 0900 – 1700 Shangri-La Hotel
Completed Hong Kong Wednesday, 25 July 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott
Fall (Europe)
Completed London Tuesday, 11 September 0900 – 1700 London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch
Completed Hamburg Thursday, 13 September 0900 – 1700 Hamburg Marriott Hotel
Completed Athens Thursday, 20 September 0900 – 1700 Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso
Completed Limassol Tuesday, 25 September 0900 – 1700 Four Seasons Hotel
Completed Istanbul Thursday, 27 September 1400 – 1800 YASA TANKER S.A.
Fall (Other – dates subject to change)
Register Dubai Tuesday, 06 November 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai
Register Oslo Tuesday, 13 November 0900 – 1700 Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo



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 vesselservices@wittobriens.com 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 – http://bit.ly/1hADdXt

If you should have any questions or comments, please contact us at imtttx@wittobriens.com.