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The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Equinor)

Norway Awards Oil Permits to 11 Firms in Arctic Licensing Round

restrictions on drilling in two licences located near Bear Island, an important nesting ground of Arctic birds.Exploration drilling there will be banned between April 1 and August 15, the ministry said.Environmental groups have protested against oil exploration in Arctic waters citing the risk of oil spills.Greenpeace and other activists this year lost a lawsuit arguing that exploration in Norway's northernmost region is unconstitutional and should be banned as it violates the right to a clean environment. An appeal in the case is pending.Oil and gas production accounts for about 40 percent of

Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator at NOAA’s National Ocean Service Maritime, Oceanology International Conference 2016. Photo OINA

OINA Speakers Announced

;Swarm" Deployment. Jaffe has worked on many projects including the world’s first 3D underwater video microscope and creating autonomous underwater explorer devices enabling scientists to explore the circulation that happens in rivers and along coastlines and to monitor the development of oil spills. Jaffe will explain the development of Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (UUVs) and how miniaturisation has resulted in the availability of lower cost vehicles. Ryan Thomas, Technical Director of OARS-HPSG will also feature in the technical sessions at OINA. With an education in Marine Geology and

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Oil Spill Research to Measure Dispersant Effectiveness

optimistic about the detection methodology. The focus of BSEE-sponsored research is to encourage new and innovative ways to improve oil spill response capabilities from proof of concept through successive stages of technology development, maturity, and readiness for deployment during actual oil spills.  

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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

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Stephen Lehmann)

Did Dispersants Help Responders Breathe Easier at Deepwater Horizon?

oil slicks on the surface, causing less oil to taint shoreline beaches and marshes. In a new study, we reveal a key benefit of using dispersants: the subsea dispersant injection likely allowed emergency responders literally to breathe easier.   Chemical dispersants have been applied to marine oil spills for at least a half century, but the debate recently has become more politicized and acrimonious. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) warned about this in its 2005 study: Oil Spill Dispersants: Efficacy and Effects, predicting that “political issues” would become a factor influencing

Marine Technology Reporter - October 2017 Edition

mining: the promises of subsea riches pose a threat to subsea environments   Unmanned forces: building a multi-domain autonomous fleet   Aerial drones improve safety and performance offshore   The Arctic “Roomba”: new technologies for recovering oil spills in icy waters   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201710

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'Roomba' in the Arctic

;t deny that much of this work was not well aligned with events and situations then happening in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Research had largely stopped a decade before. A new call went out for robust research, and this new commitment is delivering results.    Today, the chances of oil spills become more likely as previously permanent sea ice diminishes in the Arctic and as maritime activity in the region increases.    To be ready, the U.S. Coast Guard places a high priority on developing options for recovering oil in the Arctic. To that end, an important research project

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Kraken Sets out to Advance Offshore Digitalization

constraints are relaxed and the impact of “futuristic” technologies such as cognitive computing are considered. Environmental benefits include reducing CO2-equivalent emissions by approximately 1,300 million metric tons, saving about 800 million gallons of water and avoiding oil spills equivalent to about 230,000 barrels of oil

Photo from Catch the Next Wave at Oceanology International 2016 (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Parallel Events Add Depth to Oceanology International

, the theatre’s ‘New Technology Showcase’ enables exhibitors to secure presentation slots to display their new products and technologies to the wider marine science community.   Finally, the co-located Interspill 2018 conference and exhibition will examine all aspects of future oil spills, including spill prevention, preparedness, response and restoration.   David Ince, Oceanology International Event Manager, Reed Exhibitions, said, “The addition of so many complementary parallel events and areas of content at Oceanology International 2018 alongside a world-class exhibition

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Trump Aims to Open Nearly All US Offshore to Oil Drilling

have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration," he said.   Environmental groups described the plan as dangerous. “Trump’s trying to turn our oceans into oilfields. His reckless plan would expose more wildlife and coastal communities to devastating oil spills,” said Kristen Monsell, ocean program legal director at the Center for Biological Diversity.   Coastal tourism business groups were girding for a long fight against the proposal, which comes as the Gulf Coast recovers from the Deepwater spill. The plan would open the California coast

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MTS: New Webinar Series on Oil Spill Impacts

In support of a collaboration between the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, the MTS will host a three-part webinar series in support of a TechSurge focused on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health occurring in February 2018. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. ET.  The topic of the webinar series is Introduction to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Essentially, the webinar will share insights into the research of the impacts of the oil, dispersed oil, and dispersant on the

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TechSurge: Advancing Oil Spill Research

The Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) are collaborating on an upcoming TechSurge event in New Orleans on February 5, 2018 that will focus on the effects of oil spills on the environment and public health. Recent investigations have yielded research results and technological advancements that will improve future studies and impact modeling efforts. The goal of this meeting is to bring together the GoMRI and MTS communities, share research findings, and begin discussions of how the two communities might work together to better prepare for the next oil

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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

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

Sanchi Oil Spill Puts Coral Reefs at Risk

wreck were predicted to be affected, but these latest simulations point towards impacts on the Ryukyu Island chain to the south and west, with a small risk of contamination reaching the vicinity of Taiwan.   Leading this research, Dr. Katya Popova from the NOC said, “Contamination from oil spills can have a devastating effect on coastal communities and marine habitats, such as the coral reefs of Amami-Oshima. By reducing uncertainty around the fate of this oil contamination, our ocean modeling simulations have the potential to inform efforts to reduce further impacts from the spill. Furthermore

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

, 7The Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS, 8Tallin University of Thechnology - TUT, 9University of Girona - UG, 10University of the Balearic Islands - UIB,  11Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskatelige Universitet – NTNU, 12Marine Technology Unit CSIC.     Tracking in-water oil spills before reaching the surface by using new emerging robotic technologies is bridging the gap between existing traditional technologies (modelling and satellites) as decision support system for decision makers. Underwater oil plumes can come from bottom leaks or from surface patches forming subsurface

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OSIL: Oil Spill Monitoring Buoys Fuel International Interest

science exhibition Oceanology International.   The buoy systems are designed to integrate a real time noncontact hydrocarbon sensor in the high visibility top frame design, which is equipped with a pulsed UV LED beam and optical photo-detector with on-board software to enable the buoys to detect oil spills on water autonomously and immediately alert the users to any changes to protect vulnerable areas day and night, even under harsh weather conditions. The buoys can detect a variety of hydrocarbon based substances, and can be set up to ignore other materials that fluoresce in the same wavelength

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New Research to Examine Oil Spill Impacts

A research team led by University of South Florida College of Marine Science professor Dr. Steven Murawski has been awarded a $1 million grant to explore how oil spills, such as the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) in 2010, impact the economic, ecological and social system aspects of fishing communities.    The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced Thursday a total of $2.1 million in grants. Murawski’s team, which also includes Dr. Claire Paris, a bio-physical modeler from the University of Miami, and an environmental science

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