O’Brien’s Response Management conducted our 2019 kick-off Annual Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise (IMT TTX)* in Washington, DC on February 20 and 21. The emergency response exercise and training seminar is conducted in a workshop format to allow those attending an opportunity to experience what is involved in being a member of the Incident Management Team. This challenging exercise tests the interaction, communication, and problem solving between the Incident Commander, Federal and State On-Scene Coordinators, and IMT members, including the USCG, State Agencies, OSROs, SMFFs, the vessel operator’s representative, and other stakeholders in the critical stages of a vessel casualty.

To download a copy of the 2019 International Agenda, please click on the link below. This agenda remains the same for the series of one-day seminars that are scheduled throughout the remainder of 2019 and features highlights from the exercise and training workshops conducted in Washington, DC during our large-scale exercise.

Documentation and presentations from the 2018 IMT TTX will remain available in the VesselProTM Resource Library and the 2019 IMT TTX materials have been added for the completed Washington, DC and Asia events.

To download a copy of the 2019 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 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 2019.

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 U.S.-Based Exercise
Completed Washington, DC Wednesday, 20 February
Thursday, 21 February
1230 – 1700
0800 – 1700
Witt O’Brien’s Washington DC Office
Commercial Fishing Vessel Industry IMT TTX
Completed Seattle, Washington Tuesday, 13 August 0900 – 1700 Residence Inn by Marriott Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
Completed Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Monday, 28 October 0900 – 1700 Hosted by Resolve Marine Group. Link it to their website: https://resolvemarine.com/
Spring / Summer
Completed Mumbai Thursday, 04 April 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar
Completed Shanghai Tuesday, 09 April 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
Completed Busan Thursday, 11 April 0900 – 1700 Lotte Hotels & Resorts Busan
Completed Tokyo Wednesday, 17 April 0900 – 1700 Shangri-La Hotel
Completed Hong Kong Wednesday, 17 July 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
Completed Singapore Monday, 22 July 0900 – 1700 Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Fall (Europe and Middle East)
Completed London Thursday, 05 September 0900 – 1700 London Marriott Hotel Marble Arch
Completed Hamburg Thursday, 12 September 0900 – 1700 Hamburg Marriott Hotel
Completed Athens Thursday 19, September 0900 – 1700 Grand Hyatt Athens
Completed Limassol Tuesday 24, September 0900 – 1700 Four Seasons Hotel
Completed Istanbul Thursday, 03 October 1400 – 1800 Hosted by YASA TANKER S.A.
Completed Monaco Thursday, 17 October 0900 – 1700 Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco
Completed Dubai Tuesday, 22 October 0900 – 1700 JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai


O’Brien’s Response Management Goes Green

To help meet our continuing commitment to conservation and the environment, we are “Going Green” for the 2019 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.