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OIL SPILL RESPONSE VESSELS

20th Anniversary of Oil Spill Drill Program

Minerals Management Service (MMS) Director Liz Birnbaum today highlighted the 20th anniversary of the MMS Gulf of Mexico Region’s Unannounced Oil Spill Drill Program.  The first unannounced drill with an offshore oil and gas operator in the Gulf was held on July 25, 1989. Since the first unannounced drill, an additional 273 drills have been held in the Gulf.  The MMS designs the drill to exercise an oil and gas and pipeline operator’s Oil Spill Response Plan and evaluates its spill management team’s effectiveness in responding to a simulated spill event. “While preventing oil spills is our top priority throughout the offshore energy exploration and extraction process, operators must be ready to respond to a spill event,” Birnbaum said. “The Unannounced Drill Program enables MMS to monitor and enhance the operators’ response capabilities throughout the Outer Continental Shelf.” In order to test an operator’s ability and effectiveness in responding, there are different methods used in a drill.  A drill may consist of a table top exercise or the actual deployment of specific response equipment such as oil spill response vessels and dispersant aircraft. Every drill tests an operator’s ability to notify the appropriate contacts including federal regulatory agencies, affected state and local agencies, internal response coordinators and response contractors


NRC, Resolve Expand Firefighting and Oil Spill Response

National Response Corporation (NRC) and Resolve Marine Group announce the expansion of their 1Call response coverage for all vessels trading in U.S. waters. The service offers tanker and nontank vessel owners and operators full, single-source coverage in compliance with latest U.S. Coast Guard regulations for Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF), and Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO). This announcement reflects the U.S


Coastal Marine Expands in Brazil

Coastal Marine Equipment has extended its presence into the Brazilian marketplace by teaming with Macnor Marine and Macnor Services to assist in equipment sales and service. This relationship has proven successful as Coastal Marine has been awarded the deck equipment for two Oil Spill Response Vessels’ being built in Brazil at EISA Shipyard. Each vessel will receive an ABS approved anchor windlass, two capstans and two tuggers


Arctic Voyage Underway for Both Shell Drillships

In the last week, both of Shell’s drill ships departed Unalaska for the Arctic. The Noble Discoverer drill rig, which made headlines when it dragged anchor and almost came aground on Airport Beach in June, is bound for the Chukchi Sea. The Kulluk drill ship is now halfway to the Beaufort Sea. But the drilling season is already almost over, with only a month left to drill in the Chukchi, and two months left in the Beaufort


Damen Shipyards Open Norway Office

Arnout Damen, COO of Damen Shipyards Group, officially opens a new office in Norwegian Stavanger. When asked why Dutch headquartered Damen Shipyards sets up an advanced base in Stavanger, its new Sales Manager said: “It is the European Oil & Gas capital and the place the ONS Exhibition and conferences are held. Stavanger is, so to speak, a mini-Houston”. The opening gave Mr Hottentot a chance to show what Damen is about and in particular that it is becoming more and


SeaHow Skimmer System

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New SeaHow skimmer systems – designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently – can be implemented in almost any work boat, 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 of more than 30 years was central to the three years in developing its own line of SeaHow skimmers. SeaHow skimmers are suitable for vessels from 6m long to the largest vessels used in


Horizon To Build OSV Trio

Horizon Shipbuilding and SLOK Nigeria Limited have signed contracts for the construction of three offshore vessels - all of which will operate under a long-term contract with Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited. The contract calls for Horizon to build a 200 ft. (61 m) steel Single Point Mooring (SPM) Oil Spill Response Vessel with a total of 4,000-shaft hp. The vessel will be fitted with controllable pitch propellers and a dynamic positioning system


Harvey Gulf Contracts to Build First U.S. LNG-Powered Vessels

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Today, Harvey Gulf International Marine became the first U.S. vessel operator to contract for construction of vessels capable of operating exclusively on natural gas.  The agreement is for two, 302’ X 64’, Dual Fuel Offshore Supply Vessels, with an option for a third.  The contract was signed with Trinity Offshore, which will build the vessels at their Gulfport, MS shipyard.    In addition to being powered by cleaner burning natural gas


Hong Kong Conducts Oil Spill Exercise

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An annual oil spill response joint exercise, this year code-named Oilex 2013, was held on October 17 off Ha Mei Wan, Lamma Island, to test responses in combating oil pollution in Hong Kong waters. Under the Maritime Oil Spill Response Plan, the Marine Department coordinated the exercise and other government departments including the Civil Aid Service, the Auxiliary Medical Service, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department


Great Ships of 2013: Damen Modular Barge

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‘LEGO’ FOR PROFESSIONALS If there is one thing that we hear time and again in the maritime world is that the manufacture of boats, ships and maritime structures in general is not as efficient as found in larger, mass market transportation modes because of the unique peculiarities of each different vessel. Damen has long been a proponent of standardized production, a concept which is extended to the “Nth” degree via the Damen Modular Barge concept


BSEE Oversees Testing of Shell’s Arctic Equipment

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Testing of Shell’s proposed Arctic-ready capping stack system was supervised this week by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in Puget Sound, BSEE Director Brian Salerno announced today.   BSEE Alaska Region Director Mark Fesmire oversaw the testing to


4,000 Gal. Oil Spill in Baltimore

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The U.S. Coast Guard informs its continues tp oversee a response to an oil spill Friday at CP Crane Generating Station in Baltimore.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from the National Response Center Thursday of approximately 3


Ex-BP Engineer Deserves New Gulf Spill Trial -US Appeals Court

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A former BP Plc engineer deserves a new trial on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.   The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans agreed with a lower court judge's decision last June to throw out


Shell Steps Closer to Arctic Drilling

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  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the nonlethal, incidental, and unintentional take of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walrus that result from Shell’s exploratory drilling activities in the Chukchi Sea. The agency gave authorization despite finding information


Oil-coated Pelicans Being cleaned at Rehab Center

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  Several petroleum-stained pelicans rescued from the blackened muck of California's latest oil spill spent the day on Friday being gently, painstakingly scrubbed clean at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. The six pelicans brought this week to the Los Angeles Oiled Bird


Second Sea Lion Rescued from California Oil Spill Dies at SeaWorld

A second sea lion rescued from along California's oil-fouled coastline near Santa Barbara has died at SeaWorld San Diego, where veterinarians are still caring for 15 surviving marine mammals brought in for treatment, a spokesman said on Tuesday.  


US Orders Owner to Clean Up Ruptured Pipeline

Photo courtesy of the Refugio Response Joint Information Center

Federal order ensures continued action on Santa Barbara County oil spill   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach


The Ever-Evolving Rapid Response Skimmer

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Kvichak’s Rapid Response Skimmers (RRS) are perhaps best known for their use by the U.S. Navy, but the design of these robust and well-designed units has evolved over time and today boasts placement in virtually every major spill organization.


SeaHow’s New Generation Skimmer System

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New SeaHow skimmer systems can be implemented to almost any work boat over 6m in length. Skimmers are designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. These features provide totally new operational efficiencies especially for near shore and coastal oil spill response


Summer Wind, Miss Susan Tow Collision Report

Collision between Bulk Carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan Tow Houston Ship Channel, Lower Galveston Bay, Texas This is a synopsis from the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) report and does not include the Board’s rationale for the conclusions, probable cause


US Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Shell Spill Plans in Alaska

A divided federal appeals court rejected an effort by environmental groups to void a U.S. agency's approval of two oil spill response plans by Royal Dutch Shell Plc related to the company's oil leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas on Alaska's Arctic coast.  


Shell Barge Arrives in Alaska

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 The Arctic Challenger, an oil spill containment barge, that had left Bellingham, north of Seattle, and was headed toward Dutch Harbor, in Unalaska, off mainland Alaska,  reached port in Alaska on Wednesday, June 10, for a brief stop before heading to the Chukchi Sea to support


Shell Arctic Rig Departs Seattle Surrounded by Protesters

 A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic pulled out of its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop its movement, authorities said.  


Collaboration Enhances Oil Spill Research

Oil from Deepwater Horizon spill washes ashore Louisiana’s coast in June 2010. (Photo courtesy of Governor Jindal’s office)

New partnership allows USF-led research team to better study oil spills; group will gain valuable access to cutting-edge technologies to aid in analyzing long-term impacts   The University of South Florida’s (USF) College of Marine Science announced a new partnership with Agilent


Responders Conduct Spill Exercise

A boat crew deploys boom during a prep exercise in Cleveland. Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland to participate in a preparedness response exercise. (Coast Guard Photo Petty Officer 3rd Jim Connor

Emergency responders from across Ohio gathered in Cleveland this week to participate in a preparedness response exercise. Exercises such as this one are designed to improve communication, planning and emergency response proficiency across local






 
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