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Saudi Arabia began a two-day environmental training drill called "Response 14" on Tuesday in the Tabuk Region to prepare for marine oil spills and other hazards.
The National Center for Environmental Compliance oversaw the exercise, which involved 39 public and private entities.

This is part of a series of drills to boost national readiness for environmental emergencies.

Spokesperson Saad Al-Matrafi reported that the program has improved participants' preparedness with each exercise.

A multi-phased exercise was conducted to test the response of national talent and companies in dealing with a simulated oil spill using advanced technology.

The first stage involved satellites and simulations, followed by a simulated pollution scenario in territorial waters affecting coasts and marine life.

The final phase assessed entities' ability to contain the spill quickly, manage waste disposal, and conduct rehabilitation and damage assessment.

Al-Matrafi stated that the exercise evaluated controlling the situation, managing waste, and effective rehabilitation.

The text describes how the national plan effectively contained a 75,000-barrel oil spill within 50 minutes using naval units, mission aircraft, and advanced equipment like skimmers.

This demonstrates the country's dedication to safeguarding its marine environment and essential waterways from environmental hazards, ensuring their long-term sustainability.
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