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)
Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

30 Rosneft Subsidiaries in All-Russian Environmental Cleanup Day

Thirty Rosneft subsidiaries in most of the regions of the Company presence, from Sakhalin in the east to the Arkhangelsk Region in the west, took part in the

Van Oord Orders Subsea Rock Installation Vessel

Van Oord has ordered a new subsea rock installation vessel. Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group Shanghai will build the vessel at its Ningbo yard in China. The vessel will be delivered in 2016.

Five Port Projects Shortlisted for ESPO Award

Today, the projects of the ports of Huelva, Koper, Lisbon, Marseille and Rotterdam have been shortlisted for the sixth ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports.

Energy

Shell CEO: US Should Export Oil, Embrace Global Markets

The head of energy company Royal Dutch Shell said on Tuesday that U.S. policymakers should lift the crude oil export ban because allowing the shipments would make global energy system more stable.

Bureau Veritas Diversifies with MatthewsDaniel Acquisition

Bureau Veritas announced today that it has acquired MatthewsDaniel Ltd, a global provider of loss adjusting and risk assessment services for the offshore industry.

Fogal Retires from Zentech After 57 Years in O&G

Robert “Bob” “Sonny” Fogal, Jr., one of the icons in the offshore oil and gas industry, has decided to retire from front-line work as Zentech’s Director of Business Development.

News

USCG Cutter Eagle to Open for Tours in Yorktown

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's tall ship and seagoing classroom for future officers in training, is scheduled to be open for tours Saturday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown.

30 Rosneft Subsidiaries in All-Russian Environmental Cleanup Day

Thirty Rosneft subsidiaries in most of the regions of the Company presence, from Sakhalin in the east to the Arkhangelsk Region in the west, took part in the

Newport International Boat Show Highlights

Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today activities and amenities for those planning to attend its 44th boat show season,

Coast Guard

USCG Cutter Eagle to Open for Tours in Yorktown

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's tall ship and seagoing classroom for future officers in training, is scheduled to be open for tours Saturday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown.

Ballast Water Leadership

Admiral Paul Zukunft, the new U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, could fill the BWT leadership void. Global efforts to combat the spread of invasive species in ballast

USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening.

Arctic Operations

Cruise Ship Gets Within 298-miles of the N. Pole

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises say that their expedition ship 'Hanseatic' has set a new record for passenger ships in the Northeast Passage, when the 122.8-metre-long ship reached the northernmost point at 85°,

Polar Code Afoot

The IMO is on the verge of adopting the Polar Code, something that is important and long overdue. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations,

Too Eager to Drill for Arctic Oil - Greenpeace

Greenpeace's ship, the Esperanza, is still on station in the Arctic to expose renewed Norwegian efforts to drill for oil in this pristine environment. Last

Offshore Energy

BW Offshore Awards SatCom Contract to Orange

Provider of floating production services to the oil and gas industry, BW Offshore, says it has signed a 5-year, $12 million contract with Orange Business Services

N-KOM Lays Keel for Qatar’s First Liftboat

Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) has achieved another milestone with the keel laying of its first liftboat newbuild project, awarded in July 2014 by long-time

Master Fined After Wind Farm Collision

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.1696 sec (6 req/sec)