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Wayward Rig 'Kulluk' Safely Arrives Kiliuda Bay

while it undergoes assessment in Kiliuda Bay, located about 30 miles north of Ocean Bay. The final location for assessment within the Bay will be determined by environmental conditions, including weather. The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley escorted the tow to Kiliuda Bay along with two oil spill response vessels and other support vessels. A 500-yard radius safety zone around the Kulluk followed the escort and remains in place in Kiliuda Bay. Monitoring by the oil spill response vessels escorting the tow confirmed that there were no signs of a discharge of oil during the transit. The Kulluk

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Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

Lamor recently commissioned itsLSC 4C Side Collecting Oil Skimming System for Guam’s Oil Spill Response Operations Company (OSROCO) and T&T Marine Salvage (T&T) making it the largest skimming system in the region.   OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine, and T&T operate the skimming system as well as an array of small crafts, and other specialized response equipment. OSROCO, Cabras and T&T employees are trained and certified in accordance with the U.S. Federal Government’s oil spill response and safety standards. Additionally, the companies’

Sanchi oil spill modeling - February 2018 (Image: NOC)

Sanchi Oil Spill Puts Coral Reefs at Risk

latest predictions have been made possible following new information about the suspected arrival of some of the oil from the Sanchi oil tanker at Amami-Oshima, an island at the edge of the East China Sea. This arrival underscores the critical importance of international monitoring to understand the spill, and reduce the uncertainty on its fate and ultimate impact on the region.   Previously, simulations by the same team of scientists were based on the Sanchi oil tanker’s final resting site, and found the proximity of the oil to the major Kuroshio Current significantly increased the potential

SeaHow Skimmer System

New SeaHow skimmer systems – designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently – can be implemented to almost any workboat, starting with vessels only six meters long. SeaHow operates one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of oil spill response vessels, and its hands-on experience for more than 30 years was central to the three years in developing its own line of SeaHow skimmers.  SeaHow skimmers are suitable to vessels from 6m long to the largest vessels used in off-shore OSR. Skimmers are designed to be easy to deploy and operate, making it possible to turn virtually

Greek Investment Company Closes Assetplus Purchase

check' company (meaning that it is in a developmental stage that either doesn't have an established business plan or has a business plan that revolves around a merger or acquisition with another firm). The company they have acquired, Assetplus, owns two platform supply vessels (PSVs) and two oil spill response vessels (OSRVs) and is negotiating acquisition of another two vessels. The company also has six four-year time charter contracts secured from Brazil's oil and gas company Petrobras. Nautilus state the financial details as follows: 'Based upon information provided by American Stock Transfer &

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Oil Spill Response Preparedness and Proficiency Comes with Practice

The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility is the premier training site for spill response personnel. Training at the facility takes the learning out of the classroom and into the 2.6 million gallon wave/tow test tank. That’s where students receive hands-on exercises with the latest spill response equipment and techniques used in the field.    Over the past 20 years, in partnership with Texas A&M University National Spill Control School (NSCS), Ohmsett has offered a hands-on oil spill response curriculum designed to provide response personnel

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Sea Machines Gets a $50k Boost from MassChallenge

.   A developer of technology for autonomous and remote-commanded oceanic commercial vessels, Sea Machines systems allow surface craft to operate and navigate safely and efficiently with or without an on board crew. Initial applications ready to take advantage of autonomous systems are oil spill response vessels, tugboats, support launches, survey work boats, and dredging vessels, and in the near future this technology will enable unmanned oceanic cargo delivery.   “Modern autonomous control systems already bring immense benefits to vehicular industries from airliners to agriculture

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Oil Spill Detection: Remote Sensing Equipment Tested

The latest in satellite, airborne and in-water surveillance and communications equipment were recently put to work off the coast of England for an exercise aiming to determine how remote sensing technologies can help identify and monitor oil spills at sea more effectively.   The exercise took place on June 13, 2017 in open sea off the southern coast of England, showcased through Oil Spill Response Ltd.’s (OSRL) Southampton-based Visualization Center, which provided a ‘Common Operating Picture’, integrating data from each of the technology partner’s equipment as well as

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New Report Recommends Offshore Energy 'Arctic Standards'

A new PEW Charitable Trust report entitled: 'Arctic Standards: Recommendations on Oil Spill Prevention, Response, and Safety, has just been released. A brief explanation follows: What Are Arctic Standards Arctic OCS standards would provide consistent requirements on how to design, build, install, and operate equipment to safely explore and develop oil and gas resources and respond to accidents in the region using best Arctic science, technology, and practices. Arctic standards should account for the area’s remote location, lack of infrastructure, and unique operating conditions due to the

BSEE Targets $7 Million Investment in Oil Spill Response Research

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) announced that it is soliciting proposals for oil spill response research projects and will be investing up to $7 million to support these projects in 2014. In a Broad Agency Announcement released on the federal governments business opportunities website, FedBizOpps.gov, the bureau called for white papers focusing specifically on one of 10 topic areas for proposed research covering oil spill response operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. "This announcement continues and enhances BSEE's commitment to a comprehensive research

MTR 100: Ohmsett

The Case: The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) manages the facility as part of its mandated requirements by the OPA 1990.  Ohmsett is an integral part of the BSEE oil spill research program and directly supports the BSEE goal of ensuring the best and safest oil spill detection, containment and removal technologies are available to protect the U.S. coastal and oceanic environments. Ohmsett’s mission is to improve oil spill response through research and development, testing, training, and to provide performance testing of response equipment

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BSEE Tests GoM Response Equipment

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) informs it has recently tested and verified the sound working condition of various response equipment used in the Gulf of Mexico region.   Analysts with BSEE’s Oil Spill Preparedness Division boarded the pollution control vessel Louisiana Responder at Fort Jackson, La. on July 14 to test the response readiness of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. While conducting an equipment verification, the team witnessed the testing of a skimmer and other associated equipment, stored in Buras, La., on the Mississippi River.   Subsequent

Reed Launches Oil Spill Prevention and Response Series

Reed Exhibitions Energy and Marine group (RX Energy and Marine) is launching a series of oil spill prevention and response technology and service zones throughout its global portfolio in collaboration with the U.K. Spill Association (UKSpill) and the European Spill Association (Eurospill). As commercial operations in the world’s oceans continue to develop, the requirement to be able to operate with the least possible environmental impact is an even greater focus than it has ever been for all industries. Also, as activities move into new and harsher territories, meeting this requirement

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China Plans First Lab on Ocean Oil Spill Cleaning

China's Ministry of Transport is planning to establish a laboratory specialising in treating oil spills at sea, the first of its kind in the country, local media Science and Technology Daily reported on Sunday.   China is spending some 200 million yuan a year on researches for emergency treatment of oil spills but the technological expertise has not been widely applied because of lack of such a lab, the report said.   The laboratory is planned in northern port city of Tianjin, off the Bohai Bay, with an initial investment 400 million yuan ($63 million). The investment will go to research

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

Continually working to help improve oil spill response technologies, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) presented details on its latest efforts at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop on April 26.   There, Bureau staff presented results of several BSEE-funded projects including the development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice.   “At the workshop, we all worked together to collectively understand the suite of response technology possibilities that are available today as well as

Spillex at Oceanology International

From an oil spill recovery solution in the form of a vessel, to antipollution operations at sea, and from oil containment booms, skimmers, tanks, powerpacks and vessels for oil pollution control, to emergency management and response, sensors; and cameras, Spillex, the dedicated offshore oil spill prevention and response exhibition, at Oceanology International 2014 (11-13 March, London ExCeL) is all about solutions.   As commercial operations in the world’s oceans continue to develop, the requirement to be able to operate with the least possible environmental impact is an even greater

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution. These include a major restructuring in the late 1990s to make it more competitive; growth throughout the 2000-2009 period, including acquisition of several companies; leadership in overseeing MSRC’s role in responding to the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and most recently the large expansion of MSRC’s resource base and

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