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.
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.
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.
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.
The US Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy and the National Strike Force Coordination Center published new guidelines for the Oil Spill Removal Organization classification program. The major revision in the 2019 guidelines focuses on realigning the classification program with applicable regulation provisions.
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.
IMO conducted a workshop in Cambodia, the latest country to update its oil spill contingency plan, by acknowledging the country’s specific risks and gaps, so that they’re able to rapidly and effectively respond to potential oil spill incidents.
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.
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.
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.
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