Coast Guard, Partners Complete Arctic Oil Recovery Exercise

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Coast Guard Cutter Healy deckhands prepare to lower an unmanned underwater vehicle, operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, into the Beaufort Sea. WHOI scientists used the UUV to monitor ice conditions from below during the simulated exercise. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

Members of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, under the guidance of the Coast Guard’s recently released Arctic Strategy, worked with partner federal agencies and scientific organizations to successfully complete a simulated spilled oil response and recovery exercise aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy on the Arctic ice field Tuesday.

The exercise involved air, surface and underwater assets to simulate the detection and recovery of oil from ice-strewn water.

Assets included small unmanned aircraft systems from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, a Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team oil skimmer, a Research and Development Center remote-operated underwater vehicle, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute unmanned underwater vehicle and drifting buoy funded by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The test flights of the two SUAS systems were the first ever in the Arctic Ocean.

“We conducted this inter-agency exercise with our partners to assess the potential for these technologies to enhance the Coast Guard’s capability to respond to an oil spill in the icy waters of the Arctic,” said Rich Hansen, the chief scientist for the exercise and an engineer with the Research and Development Center. “Through inter-agency cooperation and teamwork we accomplished all our goals and gathered data to move forward in our mission as stewards of the pristine Arctic environment.”

The crew of the Healy is deployed to the Beaufort Sea as part of the Coast Guard’s Arctic Shield 2013 mission.

Units, agencies and organizations involved in the exercise include: the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, the Coast Guard’s National, Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific Strike Teams, Coast Guard Headquarters, Pacific Area and 17th District, NOAA, WHOI, BSEE, UAF and the Department of Homeland Security Maritime Center of Excellence.

uscg.mil
 

  • Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy deck department lower an oil skimmer into the ice-laden Beaufort Sea. Multiple Coast Guard units and partner agencies and organizations, coordinated by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, cooperated to accomplish the exercise, which explored the potential for present technology to respond to an oil spill in the extreme Arctic environment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

    Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy deck department lower an oil skimmer into the ice-laden Beaufort Sea. Multiple Coast Guard units and partner agencies and organizations, coordinated by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, cooperated to accomplish the exercise, which explored the potential for present technology to respond to an oil spill in the extreme Arctic environment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

  • Jason Story, a project manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, prepares to deploy a Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team remotely operated vehicle aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The ROV worked in tandem with other multi-agency unmanned and remote technologies in the first exercise of its kind to be held in the extreme conditions that frequent the Arctic Ocean. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

    Jason Story, a project manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, prepares to deploy a Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team remotely operated vehicle aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The ROV worked in tandem with other multi-agency unmanned and remote technologies in the first exercise of its kind to be held in the extreme conditions that frequent the Arctic Ocean. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

  • Coast Guard Cutter Healy small boat crew members retrieve a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration small unmanned aircraft system after it landed in icy water. The SUAS was used to identify simulated spilled oil so that deployable recovery systems could be utilized. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

    Coast Guard Cutter Healy small boat crew members retrieve a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration small unmanned aircraft system after it landed in icy water. The SUAS was used to identify simulated spilled oil so that deployable recovery systems could be utilized. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

  • Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy deck department lower an oil skimmer into the ice-laden Beaufort Sea. Multiple Coast Guard units and partner agencies and organizations, coordinated by the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, cooperated to accomplish the exercise, which explored the potential for present technology to respond to an oil spill in the extreme Arctic environment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)
  • Jason Story, a project manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, prepares to deploy a Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team remotely operated vehicle aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The ROV worked in tandem with other multi-agency unmanned and remote technologies in the first exercise of its kind to be held in the extreme conditions that frequent the Arctic Ocean. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)
  • Coast Guard Cutter Healy small boat crew members retrieve a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration small unmanned aircraft system after it landed in icy water. The SUAS was used to identify simulated spilled oil so that deployable recovery systems could be utilized. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst)

Environmental

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile.

Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday.

Danish Maritime Authority Supports Maritime Cultural Days

The Danish Maritime Authority's buoy tender ’POUL LØWENØRN’ will be alongside in Korsør in connection with the Maritime Cultural Days. The vessel will be open to visitors throughout Saturday,

Energy

ABS Makes it Safer to ‘Walk to Work’

ABS announced the publication of The ABS Guide for Certification of Offshore Access Gangways. The new Guide addresses certification for safety systems used for “walk to work” (W2W) crew transfers.

Viking Grace Marks 1,000 LNG Bunkering Milestone

From the very beginning, the M/S Viking Grace – delivered in January 2013 – was an environmental milestone.   The vessel attracted global attention as an environmental

Hellenic Petroleum Profits Rise on Higher Exports

Hellenic Petroleum, Greece's biggest oil refiner, posted a 20 percent rise in second-quarter core profit on Thursday, with higher exports offseting lower refining margins.

News

White House: Iranian Ships' Actions in Gulf Increase Risk of Miscalculation

Actions by Iranian vessels in several encounters with U.S. warships in the Gulf this week are cause for concern and increase risks of miscalculation, the White House said on Friday.

Rickmers Holding, E.R. Capital Drop Merger Plan

Rickmers Holding AG and E.R. Capital Holding have jointly decided not to pursue the merger of their ship management activities.   For many years the companies

C-Job Designs Flettner Freighter for Switijnk

The Dutch shipping company family Switijnk has contracted C-Job Naval Architects to develop a Rotor Sail-equipped design to meet their specific loading and sailing profile.

Coast Guard

El Faro Captain Ordered Crew to Abandon Ship before Sinking

The captain of the doomed El Faro cargo ship sounded an alarm for his crew to abandon the vessel shortly before it sank last fall in a hurricane near the Bahamas, killing all 33 onboard, the U.

Navy Discovers Malaysian Tanker

Indonesia's navy has found a tanker carrying almost US$400,000 worth of diesel that was taken by its own crew last week due to a commercial dispute, says a report in AFP.

Philippines: Sea Dispute Won't Shift Ties with China, U.S.

The Philippines' territorial dispute with China over the South China Sea has not caused Manila to rebalance diplomatic ties with either its ally, the United States,

Arctic Operations

Tuco’s New Arctic Workboat to Debut at SMM

Danish producer Tuco Marine said it will reveal a new Arctic workboat daughter craft at next month’s SMM in Hamburg.   Many arctic patrol vessels, icebrakers

USCG Evaluates Comms Equipment in Alaska

Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates state-of-the-art communications equipment and Next Generation Incident Command System in Alaska   At nearly 663,

Ice Free Arctic?

Arctic melting slowed enough in midsummer that scientists don't expect this year's sea ice minimum to set a new record. This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean

Offshore Energy

Heavy Lifting: Giant Pipe Racks Shipped for New FPSO

From Brazil to China and then back to Brazil, five pipe racks and three modules weighing a total of 1,871.51 metric tons and measuring 24,075 m³ will be transported

US Offshore Lease Sale Yields $18 Mln in High Bids

Today’s U.S. oil and gas Lease Sale 248 garnered $18,067,020 in high bids for 24 tracts covering 138,240 acres in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area, announced

Canada May Ask Far-offshore Drillers to Pay Extra

Canada may ask oil companies to contribute to the hundreds of millions of dollars or more the country has to pay to an international body if they drill far offshore,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1438 sec (7 req/sec)