Moderator, John A. Witte

The second panel of speakers discussed information needs to make a decision about the potential use of jettisoning. To dramatize the complexity involved in making such a decision, participants role-played an actual decision-making exercise based on Captain Fullwood's grounding scenario (page 152).

The following people comprised the mock Regional Response Team:

  • Captain Don Jensen, captain of the port

  • Captain Ken Fullwood, tanker owner's operating representative

  • Warren Dean, owner's legal representative

  • Philip Berns, representative of the U.S. Department of Justice

  • Fred Burgess, representative of the P&I Club

  • Captain Richard Fiske represents the United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage

  • Mick Leitz, salvage master

  • Nina Sankovitch, Natural Resources Defense Council (a public interest environmental organization)

  • Peter Bontadelli, state official

  • Jerry Galt, scientific support

  • Michael Ellis, marine surveyor

  • Mark Miller, Office of the National Response Corporation

MR. WITTE: With the approval of Captain Jensen, I am going to act as the Regional Response Team's executive officer. For purposes of this exercise, the Regional Response Team must stick with the Fullwood scenario. The team has had since 8:30 this morning to consider this casualty. It is now time to make a decision. I would like to start with you, Mick Leitz. You have been out on this ship, you have looked at everything. You see that the hurricane is coming. You have got a serious situation here. You are the salvage master.

MR. LEITZ: First, you need to find out what the circumstances are, which requires you to take a look at the scenario. When a ship goes aground you have got 20-knot winds onshore; four hours later you have 25-knot winds; eight hours later, 30-knot winds; 16 hours later, 45-knot winds; and 25 hours later, 65-knot winds. You can have a tug on scene in 13 hours, which would put the wind velocity somewhere around 40 knots. The ship is in excess of 800 feet long. It is an 80,000-ton ship, 80 percent aground, with a draft of 40 feet. Therefore, she is aground about 38 feet. There

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