oil spill

Equinor continues oil spill recovery in its Bahamas terminal

Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor is progressing oil spill recovery at the South Riding Point terminal in the Bahamas, after the impact of Hurricane Dorian. An onshore team has started to recover oil and move it into tank storage.

Clean up underway for oil spill near New Orleans

The US Coast Guard and partners are working to contain an oil spill on the Mississippi River. The oil spill was reported Wednesday between mile markers 95 and 96 in New Orleans. Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed so far to contain the sheen.

Equinor’s terminal damaged by Hurricane Dorian, crew safe

Equinor released a statement informing that its oil storage terminal in the Bahamas has been damaged by the Hurricane Dorian that hit the area. According to the statement, all crew had already evacuated the terminal and are safe.

Lifeboat from missing bulk carrier found off Indonesia

Search and rescue teams have discovered signs of the missing bulk carrier ‘Nur Allya’, almost two weeks after the ship disappeared off eastern Indonesia, along wits its 25 crew. Local media report that a lifeboat belonging to the ship has been found, while an oil sheen has been discovered in the area. 

EMSA, JACO cooperate to identify possible pollutions

In cooperation with the Joint Arctic Command (JACO), EMSA plans and orders satellite imagery to meet service coverage requirements. After image acquisition trained operators analyze the images with supporting information, like vessel position data, to identify possible pollutions. After assessing the images, the operators also determine the possibility of the presence of oil on the sea surface, and to help in identifying the source of the pollution.

Petrobras informs of oil leak from refinery

Petrobras informed that on 26th of August, it detected a leakage of about 5 cubic meters of oily waste in the industrial waste treatment plant of the Abreu e Lima Refinery (Rnest). This comes after 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the FPSO ‘Cidade do Rio de Janeiro’, at the Espadarte field in Brazil, during the weekend.

Investigation finds cracks on Modec FPSO after oil spill

An investigation at the external tanks of FPSO ‘Cidade do Rio de Janeiro’, at the Espadarte field in Brazil, revealed cracks at the hull, the Tokyo-based operator MODEC informed.  Over the weekend, 1.2 cubic meter of residual oil leaked from the unit, which was recovered.

USCG increases limits of liability for ships under OPA 90

The US Oil Pollution Act 1990 (OPA 90) provides for an adjustment of the limits of liability according to increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) not less than ever three years. On 13 August 2019, the USCG published a final rule to increase limits of liability for vessels under OPA 90.

Measures taken to improve oil spill contingency planning in South East Asia

One of the key elements in a successful oil spill contingency planning is to define the communication channels to be used by cooperating parties when facing an incident. A workshop in Pulau Indah, Klang, Malaysia, from 19-21 August, brought together officials from states in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to help bring into operation the Regional Oil Spill Contingency Plan, which was adopted in 2018.

World’s first autonomous oil skimmer presented

As a part of its cooperative agreement with the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), Sea Machines Robotics announced that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous systems on August 21. The on-water demonstrations took place on board the world’s first autonomous spill response vessel; a Vigor/Kvichak Marine Industries-built skimmer boat, o.

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