The complex nature of our business means we must be prepared to respond to a range of possible disruptions. Potential threats come in many forms such as major accidents, political instability or extreme weather. We maintain a strong emphasis on training to develop effective emergency response capabilities. If a spill or other unplanned event occurs, we have plans and processes in place to ensure we can respond effectively. We also conduct thorough investigations of all significant incidents to understand the root cause, share lessons learned and prevent future incidents. We report on our spill performance annually.
Because we place great value on having trained and capable emergency responders, we conduct various training events and multiple exercises each year for our global operations in compliance with company standards and local regulatory requirements, including the U.S. Oil Pollution Act. In addition, regional training and exercises are conducted to evaluate business unit, regional and corporate incident management systems. In 2018, these regional exercises were conducted in the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Alaska (Polar Tankers). Training targeted areas of emergency response requiring additional focus, including leadership in the response planning process, improving capabilities related to resource ordering, Incident Command System (ICS) position-specific training, and oil spill response tactics. Lessons learned and best practices from key exercises are shared within our internal emergency response community to further enhance our capabilities.