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We are sorry to inform you that this is the last issue of the Spill International newsletter. After nearly four years, Geomares Publishing regrets that it will no longer be providing this news service to the international community of oil spill response professionals. Instead, the decision has been made to focus on other publications. »» 0 comment(s)
Report of Investigation into the Grounding of the Kulluk Last Thursday, the USCG, USA, released the report of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the grounding of the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk on 31 December 2012. A series of events contributed to the causal factors that resulted in the grounding of the Kulluk, with the most significant factor being the inadequate assessment and management of risks associated with a complex vessel movement during the winter in the unique and challenging operating environment of Alaska. »» 0 comment(s)

Safeguarding Oil Pollution Response in Aegean Sea

  07/04/2014
Safeguarding Oil Pollution Response in Aegean Sea The Aktea tanker has been recontracted by EMSA as an oil spill response vessel for the Aegean Sea, following a tender held in 2013. The vessel has now been back in operation since 1 April 2014. The vessel is based in Piraeus, Greece, and provides a contracted storage capacity of 3,000m3 which is distributed over ten cargo tanks. »» 0 comment(s)
 

Rocky Cove near BP Whiting Refinery Deemed Clean

  07/04/2014
An assessment team, comprised of representatives from the USCG, Environmental Protection Agency and BP, stated on Friday that no further cleanup actions were recommended following a scheduled return visit to the BP Whiting Refinery to conduct a Determination of Clean survey. The visit was originally scheduled to take place Thursday but was postponed due to heavy rains and high water levels. »» 0 comment(s)

Researchers to Return to Site of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

  07/04/2014
A University of Georgia (UGA, USA) marine scientist will lead a research expedition back to the site of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico to examine the seafloor and assess the long-term effects of the oil spill. Natural hydrocarbon seepage is the main source of oil entering the ocean, and organisms degrade it. However, it is not being degraded near the Macondo site and scientist Samantha (Mandy) Joye and her group want to study why that is. »» 0 comment(s)
 

New Subsea Dispersant Tool in Development ‘Down Under’

  07/04/2014
New Subsea Dispersant Tool in Development ‘Down Under’ During the Chairman’s Address at the recent APPEA conference and trade show, Rob Cole highlighted a spill response tool which is currently in development: an underwater response kit. He explained that one of the ways to realise spill response is to inject dispersant subsea. The event, held in the Perth Convention Centre, Australia, was attended by 3,500 delegates from more than 850 companies and more than 30 countries. »» 0 comment(s)
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Response Training in Devonport, Tasmania

 

As part of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies, AMSA holds regular training sessions with response team leaders around Australia. The latest training was held in Devonport, Tasmania. Team leaders from port authorities, state agencies, industry and international partners were trained in the use of special equipment for fighting marine environmental emergencies such as oil spills. As part of the National Plan, AMSA has nine stockpiles of equipment around Australia ready to be deployed in the event of an emergency.

 

 

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