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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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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’

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

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

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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

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

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

Oil Spill Response Organizations Merge Operations

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and Clean Caribbean & Americas (CCA) join up to meet the needs for global oil spill response. Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is an industry-owned cooperative which exists to respond effectively to oil spills anywhere, anytime. OSRL provides preparedness, response and subsea well intervention services and works closely with other industry organisations e.g. IMO and IPIECA to share expertise and develop knowledge. Members of the combined organization are widely expected to benefit from this merger; which in particular will:     • &n

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Coast Guard Responds to Allision, Pipeline Fire South of New Orleans

prepare salvage, firefighting and pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday. All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns. ES & H, the oil spill response organization, is on scene and has mobilized 7,218 feet of containment boom and 6,000 feet of 18-inch containment boom, one cabin boat, five responder class boats, one Marco skimmer and two 24-foot express hull vessels in response to the incident. There is a one mile by 75 foot-wide sheen

Oil Pollution Risk Assessment

Case Discharge (Table ES-1). NOAA’s Remediation of Underwater Legacy Environmental Threats (RULET) project identifies the location and nature of potential sources of oil pollution. Knowing where these vessels are helps oil response planning efforts and may help in the investigation of mystery spills - sightings of oil where a source is not immediately known. In 2010, Congress appropriated $1 million for NOAA to develop a list of the most significant potentially polluting wrecks in U.S. waters, specifically addressing ecological and socioeconomic resources at risk. Those funds were not intended

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MTR100: Ohmsett

Managed by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE), Ohmsett – The National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility is part of its oil spill research program ensuring the best and safest oil spill detection, containment and removal technologies are available to protect the U.S. coastal and ocean environments. The facility is maintained by MAR (MD) LLC through a contract with BSEE. At Ohmsett, research and testing is conducted in a realistic setting to produce the most accurate and reliable results generally

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