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Exercise IOWave20 ICG/IOTWMS Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2020 (IOWave20) 6 - 20 October 2020

Tsunami testing

At its 12th session held in Kish Island, Iran in March 2019, the Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/IOTWMS) decided to organise an Indian Ocean Wave Exercise (IOWave20) in 2020 and established a Task Team to plan and conduct the exercise. At its intersessional meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 September 2019, the Task Team decided to conduct the IOWave20 exercise on 6, 13 and 20 October 2020.

IOWave20 will simulate Indian Ocean countries being put in a tsunami warning situation and require the National Tsunami Warning Centre (NTWC) and the National and/or Local Disaster Management Offices (NDMO/LDMO) in each country to implement their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

In addition to testing the SOPs and communication links at all levels of the warning chain, a primary objective of IOWave20 is to enhance tsunami preparedness at community level. To this end, Exercise IOWave20 will also provide an opportunity for Member States to test the UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme indicators in pilot communities.

Three scenarios

All IOTWMS Member States have been strongly encouraged to conduct IOWave20 exercise up to community level and test the indicators of UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready programme in pilot communities.

Exercise IOWave20 will comprise three scenarios with simulated tsunami waves travelling across the Indian Ocean basin. Member States are invited to participate in either or all events, which will run in real time.

  • Scenario 1 starting at 0300 UTC on 6 October 2020: Magnitude 9.1 earthquake south of Java off the coast of Indonesia.
  • Scenario 2 starting at 0400 UTC on 13 October 2020: Magnitude 9.2 earthquake off the west coast of Andaman Islands, India.
  • Scenario 3 starting at 0600 UTC on 20 October 2020: Magnitude 9.0 earthquake in the Makran Trench off the coast of Pakistan.

The IOTWMS Tsunami Service Providers (TSP) of Australia, India and Indonesia will provide exercise bulletins and detailed tsunami threat advice on their password-protected websites, and will send notification messages to the Tsunami Warning Focal Points (TWFP) as data is updated during the events.

An IOWave20 Exercise Manual was understood to have been distributed in advance with further details of the exercise scenarios and the exercise evaluation to be conducted afterwards.

To learn more

For more information and background documents on Exercise IOWave20

readers are invited to see here: http://www.ioc-tsunami.org/index.php?option=com_oe&task=viewEventRecord&eventID=2634

ICG/NEAMTWS and UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

The NEAMTWS will contribute to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, in particular by responding to the needs of society for a safe ocean where people are protected from ocean hazards.

Remembering 2004

The Inter-governmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and connected seas (ICG/NEAMTWS) was formed in response to the tragic tsunami on 26 December  2004, in which over 250,000 lives were lost around the Indian Ocean region.

On an historical note Great Basses Lighthouse, Sri Lanka, was built by Trinity House, London, in 1872 – 1873 (see illustration © Trinity House). Masonry on the tower’s landing was damaged in the tsunami of 2004. Repairs were effected by a joint Trinity House, Northern Lighthouse Board team.

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All our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of COVID-19,’ said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in the statement issued on 4 May 2021.

The ship Eaubonne (IMO 9663104), sailed from the port of Kandla in India on 18 April on a 14-day voyage to Durban, where she arrived off port on 1 May, prior to entering port and berthing at Maydon Wharf 2 on 2 May at 2000.

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It is understood that the report was adopted with 453 votes in favour, 92 against, and 154 abstentions.

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All our ports of entry employ stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of COVID-19,’ said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in the statement issued on 4 May 2021.

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The European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) welcomes the adoption of the own-initiative (INI) report of TRAN-Committee Chair, Karima Delli*, on technical and operational measures for more efficient and cleaner maritime transport by the European Parliament. This was reported on 28 April.

It is understood that the report was adopted with 453 votes in favour, 92 against, and 154 abstentions.

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  • The recognition of the cross-border dimension of maritime ports.
  • Support for bottom-up initiatives for zero-emission ports.
  • The need for a revised concept of Motorways of the Sea.
  • Acknowledgment of the role of ports in the review of TEN-T.
  • Support for a modal shift towards short-sea shipping.
  • A push for sufficient funding to both deliver the greening agenda and ensure the multimodal connectivity of Europe’s seaports.