O’Brien’s Response Management will be kicking off our 2020 Annual Incident Management Team Tabletop Exercise (IMT TTX)* in Marina del Rey, California on March 11 and 12. The emergency response exercise and training seminar will allow those attending an 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, State Agencies, OSROs, SMFFs, the vessel operator’s representative, and other stakeholders in the critical stages of a vessel casualty.

The 2020 Agenda for this event as well as an Agenda for our series of one-day seminars that are scheduled throughout the remainder of 2020, will be forthcoming.


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 2020.

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
Register Marina del Rey, California Wednesday, 11 March
Thursday, 12
1230 – 1700
0800 – 1700
Marina del Rey Marriott
Commercial Fishing Vessel Industry IMT TTX
Tentative Seattle, Washington Wednesday, 12 August 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Monday, 2 November 0900 – 1700 TBD
Spring / Summer
Tentative Tokyo Thursday, 16 April 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Busan Tuesday, 21 April 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Shanghai Thursday, 23 April 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Mumbai Tuesday, 28 April 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Hong Kong Wednesday, 15 July 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Taiwan Thursday, 16 July 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Singapore Tuesday, 21 July 0900 – 1700 TBD
Fall (Europe and Middle East)
Tentative London Tuesday, 15 September 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Hamburg Thursday, 17 September 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Athens Thursday 24, September 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Cyprus Tuesday 29, September 0900 – 1700 TBD
Tentative Istanbul October TBD
Tentative Dubai November TBD
Tentative Copenhagen November TBD

O’Brien’s Response Management Goes Green

To help meet our continuing commitment to conservation and the environment, we are “Going Green” for the 2020 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.