press release

Two shipping lines contract with ERST for spill management services

Brea, Calif., Jan. 10, 1996 -- Unocal Corporation's wholly- owned subsidiary ERST, Inc. (Emergency Response Strike Team), announced today that it has been retained by Maritime Overseas Corporation of New York and Kent Line of New Brunswick, Canada, for emergency response and spill management services. The agreements with the two companies cover over 45 tankers, ranging from medium-sized product carriers to very large crude carriers (VLCCs).

"Experience has shown that we need the kind of resources ERST can provide," said Steven McCall, Manager of Environmental Affairs for Maritime Overseas Corporation. McCall said his firm had previously contracted with the oil spill response organization MSRC (Marine Spill Response Corporation) to assist in oil spill response management. However, as of late last year, MSRC no longer provides these services. "ERST's capabilities have been tested in several real incidents, and they've learned exactly what's needed to respond effectively," he added. McCall, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard, had been the Captain of Port in Valdez, Alaska, at the time of the Exxon Valdez spill.

Kent Lines' Richard Goddard added that his firm had also contracted with MSRC for emergency response. "We looked at several organizations, but found they couldn't adequately provide long-term management of a response. We wanted a spill management team that could be there in all respects and provide an on-going response. ERST has the manpower, the equipment and the experience we need," he said.

K. Tim Perkins, ERST president, said he was extremely pleased to have these very well known companies as part of the ERST client team. He added that ERST is providing a 15 percent discount to MSRC members who contract with ERST for spill management services to aid these companies in replacing this critical response component.

ERST, Inc., a recognized leader in emergency response, provides spill management, crisis management and related consulting and training services to oil and chemical companies, other industrial firms and municipalities. The ERST team includes 100+ trained individuals who can respond on a 24-hour basis to oil spills, chemical leaks, accidents or natural disasters.

In addition, ERST can provide spill management equipment including a 45' mobile command post, air deliverable command post modules, logistical support structures, base and portable radio communications networks (UHF/VHF), satellite communications, portable PBX telephone system and a local area network computer system with spill management software.

For additional information, call (toll free) 800-730-7611, or write ERST at 376 South Valencia Avenue, Brea, CA, 92621.

Updated: January 1996