In action from coast to coast
Interview with Hans-Werner Monsees, Head of Central Command for Maritime Emergencies
Mr Monsees, which challenges did you encounter during the rescue mission of the „Purple Beach“ and how did you master them?
During the “Purple Beach” operation, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies maintained the overall responsibility for 18 days, since we are Germany’s maritime management organization for major incidents at sea. One factor of mastering such incidents that cannot be influenced is the weather, which often makes the planned measures a little, if not a lot more difficult. In addition, during the “Purple Beach” rescue mission, we saw a very dynamic development of the operation, which stretched the team to the limit – as with any on-board fire – when it came to the parallel and time-sensitive decisions and measures that needed to be initiated. But these special missions are exactly why the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies was founded and has specialized and trained relief forces in the span of a decade.
How many missions of this kind and magnitude has the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies experienced since it was founded in 2003?
Since 2003, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies has managed 60 so-called complex emergency situations.
What makes Cuxhaven the ideal location for the base of the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies?
The Central Command for Maritime Emergencies is responsible for the emergency management along the entire coast, which means from the Dutch to the Polish border in the North and Baltic Sea. In this respect, a base location on the coast is sensible in order to do our work effectively. In essence, the important things are the technical parameters as well as being able to focus our competences at one location. Only then, we can fulfil our mission.