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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

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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

BSEE Targets $7 Million Investment in Oil Spill Response Research

research program dedicated to improving oil spill response operations,” said BSEE Oil Spill Response Division Chief David Moore. “Through efforts such as this, we hope to spur further innovation and to improve upon the techniques and technology available to respond to potential oil spills." The deadline for submitting white papers is January 20, 2014. Topics should be limited to the following: •    cataloging BSEE's oil spill response research programs funded research recommendations and key findings that may have an Impact on BSEE regulations; &bull

Sahil Veeramoney (Photo: EPA)

EPA Awards 10th Grader for Work on Marine Oil Spills

Oregon 10th grader Sahil Veeramoney received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 10 President’s Environmental Youth Award for his development of a novel and efficient method to clean up marine oil spills.   Veeramoney, a student at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon, developed a method to remediate marine oil spills after studying the environmental impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent oil spills. Veeramoney researched different cleanup methods with a goal to develop one that could be used efficiently

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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Shell's Niger Delta Oil Spill Data Allegedly Manipulated

Shell has manipulated oil spill investigations in Nigeria, with the company’s claims on oil pollution in the region deeply suspect and often untrue, claim Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD). Hundreds of oil spills occur in Nigeria every year, causing significant harm to the environment, destroying livelihoods and placing human health at serious risk. New analysis from an independent expert found that so-called official investigation reports into the cause of oil spills in the Niger Delta can be “very subjective, misleading and

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MTR100: Ohmsett

203 meters long by 20 meters wide by 2.4 meters deep and is filled with 10 million liters of crystal clear saltwater. A crow’s nest is mounted on the main bridge 9.1 meters above the water, providing an excellent vantage point for mounting test equipment, such as sensors, to remotely detect oil spills, as well as for video documentation of a test. The facility is equipped with a computerized wave generator that is capable producing wave characteristics of 59 cm height (H1/3 at 7 meter wave length), 83 cm height (H1/3 Harbor Chop), and wave length up to 30 meters. Ohmsett’s testing capabiliti

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BSEE Allocates $6m for Oil Spill Research Projects

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will invest up to $6 million to support oil spill response research projects in 2015 and is soliciting proposals for these projects.   In a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released on the federal government’s business opportunities website, www.FedBizOpps.gov, the bureau called for white papers focusing specifically on one of seven topic areas for proposed research covering oil spill response operations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. The deadline for submitting white papers is February 9, 2015. Topics should be limited to the

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US Unprepared for Arctic Oil Spill: New Report

The work of a committee, the National Research Council has released a new report – 'Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment', which concludes that the the U.S. is far from ready to respond effectively to such an event. U.S. Arctic waters north of the Bering Strait and west of the Canadian border encompass a vast area that is usually ice covered for much of the year, but is increasingly experiencing longer periods and larger areas of open water due to climate change. Sparsely inhabited with a wide variety of ecosystems found nowhere else, this region is vulnerable to

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

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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

MTR100: Ohmsett

PO Box 473, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716    T: 732-866-7183    E: [email protected]    W: www.ohmsett.com    Program Mgr.: Bill Schmidt No. of Employees: 18   Ohmsett provides independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment and marine renewable energy systems. It is the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank facility in North America and the only facility where full-scale oil spill response equipment research, testing, and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil

Reed Launches Oil Spill Prevention and Response Series

Response. The project, a collaboration between OGP, IPIECA Oil Spill Working Group (OSWG), Industry Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) and the API Emergency Preparedness and Response Program Group (EP&RPG) will review prior and future work by the oil and gas industry on prevention and response to oil spills in ice, identify technology advances and research needs in industry preparedness, and prioritize identified issue

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New Report Recommends Offshore Energy 'Arctic Standards'

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 severe and changing climate to ensure that oil spills are prevented and the capability exists to respond to a worst-case oil spill. These are some of the changes that Pew recommends: Vessels, drilling rigs, and facilities should be built to withstand maximum ice forces and sea states that may be encountered. Equipment needed to control

Deepwater Horizon is due for release September 30, 2016 (Photo: Lionsgate)

Wahlberg Headlines Film on Deepwater Horizon Tragedy

Nearly six years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Hollywood takes its shot at recounting the tragedy with a film due this fall aiming to tell the story on the fatal blowout and its aftermath.   The oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in global history, is depicted in the film Deepwater Horizon, named after the Transocean-operated semisubmersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit which suffered a catastrophic blowout and explosion on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and injuring 16 others, and leading to an 87-day-long oil spill in the Macondo Field about 40

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Students Protect Inlets from Oil Contamination

A new Texas Tidal Inlet Protection Strategies (TIPS) program, being developed by researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will soon be in place to protect our state’s sensitive bays and estuaries from the potential harm of offshore oil spills. The bays and estuaries of the Texas coast serve as nurseries for several species of marine organisms including sport fish.  These estuaries are connected to the Gulf of Mexico through various inlets. An oil spill in any of these sensitive habitats has the potential to kill fish and even shut down popular tourist areas. A spill could

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