Interactive Oil Spill Map

ESRI has created an interactive map containing various sources of information related to the Deepwater Horizon oil Spill near Louisiana, USA. The map indicates the oil areas on the Gulf of Mexico. Optionally, more information can be added to the view. The user can choose to see web links, news, videos, photos and Twitter postings around the area. The map gives an indication of sensitive areas, threatened sites and information about the sensitivity of the coastal zone.The users also can add their information to the map in order to be shown. (read more)
2010-05-17 01:56:42

Airborne Oil Spill Detection

OPTIMARE was selected for a contract to provide the latest version of its Maritime Surveillance System MEDUSA for the German Navy. The mission equipment will be installed into a brand new Dornier 228NG which will substitute one of the German maritime surveillance aircraft of type Dornier 228. The ordered MEDUSA suite includes OPTIMARE's oil spill sensors of type SLAR, IR/UV Line Scanner and VIS Line Scanner. Moreover, the MEDUSA system fully integrates the EO/IR, the AIS and the SATCOM system which will also be part of the mission aircraft. OPTIMARE is specialising in mission system and sensor technology for airborne... (read more)
2010-11-25 09:51:15

Oil-spill Response Vessels Launched

Alnmaritec has delivered two boats in the oil-spill and pollution control market. The most recent delivery was a boom deployment and spill response boat Response 1 to the Barbados National Terminal Company for operation on their oil export facility at Oistins Bay on the South Coast of the island. This delivery follows completion of a high-speed pollution response boat which is operated by PetroChina on a refinery at Dalian in Eastern China. The new vessel Responder 1 is based upon the Wave Worker class from Alnmaritec and she is a 12m long x 5.3m wide displacement catamaran design providing a... (read more)
2010-07-29 09:36:19

Oil-spill and Observations Update

NOAA, EPA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released the first peer reviewed, analytical summary report about the subsea monitoring in the vicinity of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. The report contains analysis of samples taken by the R/V Brooks McCall, a research vessel conducting water sampling from half a mile to nine miles of the wellhead. The report comes from the Joint Analysis Group (JAG), which was established to provide a coordinated analysis of information related to subsea monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico. The JAG report  contains data analysis of dissolved oxygen levels and presence... (read more)
2010-07-15 10:03:28

Oil Spill & Leak Detection Systems

Slick Sleuth Oil Spill Detection & Alarm Systems are used for immediate detection, early warning alert, containment and prevention of accidental spills, averting environmental damage, costly cleanup, and possible fines or regulatory penalties. The optical sensor detects small amounts of oil and can be configured to automatically shut off pumps or valves, activate alarms and provide remote alert notification.   Slick Sleuth's non-contact design is ideal for remote deployment in rugged settings such as coastal, harbors, inland waterways, industrial spillways, boiler and engine-generator rooms, sumps and separators. Slick Sleuths are deployed at various industrial sites including power distribution facilities, bulk... (read more)
2009-10-02 12:22:21

Slick Sleuth Oil Spill Detector

OSIL, in conjunction with MS Industrial Services, recently supplied Alcan with a Slick Sleuth Oil Spill Detector. Alcan are international suppliers of innovative aluminium and packaging solutions, and the Slick Sleuth is part of Alcan's ongoing commitment to being an environmentally responsible organisation. The Slick Sleuth will be deployed to monitor the outfall from one of the companies pumping stations, to ensure that even the slightest anomaly will be investigated.   Slick Sleuth Autonomous Oil Spill Detection Stations (ADS) are used in a wide variety of industrial and environmental applications for remotely detecting oil spills. It is a highly effective,... (read more)
2009-02-05 12:13:22

Mapping BP Oil Spill Response

The dynamic nature of the BP oil spill has been a challenge for a range of communities - from hotel operators to fishermen to local community leaders. NOAA with the EPA, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Interior have developed, a site offering a "one-stop shop" for spill response information. The site integrates the latest data the federal responders have about the oil spill's trajectory with fishery area closures, wildlife data and place-based Gulf Coast resources, such as pinpointed locations of oiled shoreline and current positions of deployed research ships, into one customisable interactive employs the Environmental... (read more)
2010-11-08 03:36:40

Research and Oil Spill Vessels

Alnmaritec has recently launched vessels that serve maritime environment. The Responder 1 is an oil spill control vessel for Barbados, the Falcon Spirit being a research vessel for the Plymouth University, UK. In June Alnmaritec completed a new research catamaran for the University of Plymouth. Inside her large wheelhouse she is fitted with dry labs and wet labs as well as teaching facilities, a WC and a single cabin. On deck she has a 1.5 tonne hydraulic A-frame, twin 1 tonne capstans and a 500kg pot hauler. The Falcon Spirit made her maiden voyage down to the Seawork show at Southampton... (read more)
2010-07-07 09:37:27

Airborne Oil Spill Remote Sensing

Remote sensing of oil spills in conjunction with their prevention and combat has long since evolved into a key element for the protection of the marine environment. The impact of oil spills caused by ship traffic and platform discharges has induced decision makers worldwide to establish airborne pollution surveillance services.<P> Assuming state-of the-artsurveillance equipment onboard the aircraft, these services can provide (1) flexible overviews of survey areas with regard to marine pollution and sea traffic, (2) quick assessments of oil spill sites, and (3) deterrence of potential polluters. Airborne pollution surveillance has proven to be an indispensable tool for the... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00

Crude Oil Tracking Sensors for Gulf Oil Spill

Chelsea's range of hydrocarbon fluorimeters are being deployed in the Gulf of Mexico to monitor the extent of the oil spill. Originally designed for military use these highly reliable, robust, high sensitivity fluorimeters have a proven track record of detecting crude and refined oils in a wide range of environments. The UV AQUAtracka and the UviLux are just two of the submersible fluorimeters in Chelsea's portfolio. These sensors monitor the concentration of refined (360nm) or crude hydrocarbons (440nm) in a range of coastal, oceanographic and fresh water applications. They have been designed to be deployed independently as well as from... (read more)
2010-08-04 08:59:32
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