State Expert Review Agency approved Lukoil’s oil spill response technology. Based on the use of absorbents and biotechnologies, the technology is designed specifically for marine and freshwater ecosystems of the Arctic region. The technology has strains of microorganisms that can be used in the Arctic regions, where application of conventional oil containment and skimming techniques is obstructed by the harsh environment.
Arctic FoxTail, a new oil spill response device, capable of cleaning up spills in the Arctic passed the testing as stated by H Henrisken’s press release. The device is a winterised version of the company’s Foxtail mop skimmer and contributes to Norway’s preparedness when it comes to oil spills.
IB Polaris, a Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic sea in order to test a new oil recovery system. This in-built oil recovery system enables Polaris to collect 1015 m³ oil with a rate of 200 m³/h in harsh weather and ice conditions. Polaris’ icebreaking capabilities means the vessel can intervene in oil spills in ice infested waters.
On 23 June 2018, a collision between a tanker and the jetty in the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s biggest seaport, caused about 217 tonnes of HFO to spill into the water. The incident highlights the need for a ban on the use and carriage of HFO which can have a devastating environmental impact, warned the Clean Arctic Alliance.
The spill reportedly occurred Monday morning after an abandoned building collapsed during extreme weather conditions. An oil fuel bladder located inside the building fell in the water releasing a max potential of 3,000 gallons of bunker C fuel oil, according to USCG. Weather at the time was sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts up to 75 mph.
Changes to the Arctic were caused by warming temperatures which allow further exploration for oil, gas, and minerals, thus increasing the risk of pollution in the region. Cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic is very difficult, because effective strategies for cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic are not discovered.
An infographic published by Clean Arctic Alliance addresses the matter of heavy fuel oil. HFO one of the most hazardous materials as it increases the impact of oil spills and produces harmful air and climate pollutants.
The Clean Arctic Alliance has issued an infographic illustrating the real costs of HFO spills, identified as the major risk posed by Arctic shipping to the local environment, wildlife and communities. Heavy Fuel Oil is the highly viscous, residual product of crude oil refining, extremely toxic and slow to degrade.
The European Climate Foundation has created an infographic which depicts potential dangers of the increased Arctic shipping activity in the region. An oil spill can be proven catastrophic for the region, because of Arctic’s sensitive environment.
The Clean Arctic Alliance created an informative infographic to illustrate the risks and challenges that Arctic oil spill response entail, highlighting how severe impacts on wildlife and local communities an oil spill would cause in this fragile environment.
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