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Who is who at an oil spill: Roles and responsibilities

An oil spill is the potential adverse effect of most maritime incidents. Oil spills can have disastrous consequences, environmentally and economically. Oil spill response at sea is most times a complex procedure, because of the remoteness of the site or the number of interested parties.

Infographic: SafeMed Project IV 2018 results

EMSA published an infographic presenting the SafeMed project during 2018. In general, the SafeMed Project on maritime safety and prevention of pollution from ships is a European Union (EU) funded regional project run by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) on behalf of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Hibernia platform remains shut after oil spill

Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd. is continuing response efforts regarding a release from the platform on July 17. Production remains shut in, while HMDC is continuing its investigation. The initial slick size was estimated by HMDC to be 900m x 20m, while it was also estimated to be approximately 4.6 kms at its widest part.

Chile sees 40,000 diesel oil spill in Patagonia

The Chilean Navy confirmed the spillage of 40,000 litres of diesel into the sea in a remote and ‘pure’ area of the South American country’s Patagonia and added that they are working to eliminate the fatal effects. The Chilean Navy embarked a pollution response and control team that will use specialized elements to mitigate the effects of oil spilled into the sea.

US MARAD to trial autonomous vessel for oil spill response

US-based autonomous technology company Sea Machines Robotics and the US Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) have joined forces to showcase how Sea Machines’ autonomous technology can be used to increase the safety and efficiency of marine oil spill response operations.

Oil spill observed near Hibernia platform, Canada

Hibernia Management and Development Company notified the C-NLOPB on July 17, 2019 of an oil slick observed on the water near the Hibernia platform, located 315 kilometres from St. John’s, NL. The initial slick size was estimated by HMDC to be 900m x 20m, while it is also estimated to be approximately 4.6 kms at its widest part.

Open tank valve resulted to oil spill in Algoa Bay

According to the African News Agency, the oil spill occurring from MV Chrysanthi S was due to a not properly closed tank valve. Although the African authorities managed to contain the oil spill, the damage had already been done. 

Husky Energy to replace connector after 2018 offshore oil spill

Oil company Husky Energy is planning to install a replacement flowline connector at the White Rose Field. This comes after the 250.000-liter oil spill in the Atlantic, which took place on November 2018, due to a flawed flowline connector. The company would use the DOF’s Skandi Vinland vessel to replace the flawed flowline connector.

Oil spill reported in Port Elizabeth

The South African Maritime Safety Authority informed than an investigation is underway to establish the cause of the oil spillage incident during a bunkering service off the port of Ngqhura near Port Elizabeth on July 6 morning. It was reported that up to 200-400 litters of fuel well spilled into the ocean.

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