This month two AMOSC staff members attended the NOSCA “oil on water” seminar in Bergen, Norway. Dale & Paul joined 17 other countries (100 in total) to participate in a seminar and then observed an actual release of oil (around 200m³) into the North Sea for testing the response capabilities of a variety of equipment.
The seminar consisted of a day of presentations in Bergen, Norway where Dale presented a session on the technical response to the Montara oil spill. There were 6 other presentations occurring during this session and certainly the Montara attracted a variety of questions and comments.
Dale and Paul then attended a two day exercise 80nm off the coast of Norway in the “Frigg” field. During the 2 day exercise, a number of different pieces of equipment were tested, along with nearly 200 cubic metres of emulsion released into the water over the duration. The exercise component was cut short by a day due to inclement weather, however extra exercises were performed on day 1 to ensure all possible types of equipment were tested. The equipment tested included the Desmi Forlense, MOS Sweeper, Radiagreen EBO, Norlense Olijetrawl, Lamor brush skimmer, NOFI current buster 6 and the oil shaver.
Approximately 100 guests were aboard the MS Nordstjernen during the 2 day exercise in the North Sea with 8 vessels and 3 aircraft assisting in the exercise deployments and monitoring of the oil in the water.
This was the first time an extensive observer program had been included into the seminar/exercise. It was an outrageous success with observers and participants being able to use equipment at sea in reasonably controlled conditions. Apart from the actual release of oil for this exercise, other notable inclusions into the exercise were the aerial surveillance capabilities (the use of zeppelin balloons) fitted with state of the art surveillance equipment, and the offshore nature of conducting a multi-agency exercise with all areas of military, government and industry working cooperatively and cohesively to provide really good results.
The ultimate achievement was the NOFI Current Buster 6 setting a new world record by holding 20 cubic metres of emulsion while being towed at 4.6 knots.
AMOSC took part in Exercise Penguino, a two day oiled wildlife field exercise centred on the west coast of Phillip Island in Victoria. Phillip Island Nature Parks (the home of the famous Penguin Parade) ran the exercise and almost 80 participants responded to a 25,000litre ship sourced spill scenario.
AMOSC deployed its oiled wildlife container and two members of staff to support the exercise. Over two days, the container was fully operational and put through its paces, being used as a washing station for penguins which had become oiled (pretend penguins but real oil was used).
Feedback related to AMOSC’s involvement in the exercise, the oiled wildlife container and the exercise itself was extremely positive with valuable lessons learnt by all.
International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC) 2014
Conferences are a great way to catch up with both new technologies and with like minded professionals from around the world. Nick Quinn and Neil Rowarth were AMOSC's representatives at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2014) recently held in Savannah, Georgia, where around 2000 oil spill responders and equipment manufacturers gathered for a week to talk about oil spills. IOSC is the largest of the triennial oil spill conference cycle, and so it was a treat to get there and be immersed in response issues.
Presentations were varied, with streams focussing on wildlife, prevention, planning, research and training, all interspersed with case studies. With so much to choose from we were spoiled for choice - it would be hard for an organisation to do justice to a conference of this size with only one representative as there was so much going on in the concurrent streams.
Three days of trade show culminated with an on water display. The focus was on traditional recovery systems but with a strong emphasis on remote sensing and observation, with several manufacturers showing balloon/kite mounted cameras. The slick (cat food) was first verified by a remote controlled helicopter, with a drone on stand by too.
Australia was well represented with delegates across the range of industry, government and response agencies. If you couldn't make it to this one, the next in the series in Interspill in Amsterdam in 2015, or closer to home Spillcon in Perth in 2016.
Thank you to those that attended the AMOSC Member Forums in Perth on Wednesday 2nd April and in Sydney on Friday 28th March.
The forums generated positive and valuable feedback and we trust that the information provided was beneficial to you as our members.
Please view the following link to a copy of the material presented at the Perth forum.
We look forward to your attendance at our member forums later in the year.
Melbourne – Monday October 20th
Perth – Wednesday October 22nd
2014 Training Calendar
All 2014 course bookings will be placed through our training website. Payments and Geelong accommodation will be managed through this new booking process. Course enrolment will not be permitted unless credit card payment is made at the time of booking.
Bulk bookings of 4 or more people on any one course can be made by contacting AMOSC directly, all other bookings will need to be made through the online system.
The SFRT toolkit has now arrived into the Oceaneering yard at Henderson WA. AMOSC has been involved in the sourcing and procurement of the third global subsea dispersant and debris clearance toolkit which is destined for Australian Industry use. The toolkit will be based in Perth with a dispersant stockpile to support subsea injection of dispersant. There are currently 13 foundation members of this toolkit based in Australia. AMOSC owns this equipment on behalf of the 13 members with Oceaneering Australia storing and maintaining this equipment. For more information, please refer to the brochure.
Aerial Surveillance Course
AMOSC will be conducting another Industry Aerial Surveillance course in late September for two member companies and staff from WA Dept of Transport.
The 2 days course will be conducted in Exmouth and will focus on teaching industry responders the practical elements of aerial surveillance in support of an oil spill incident.
The course provides fundamental theory around oil spill incidents, classification of oil and surveillance techniques and culminates in a practical flight evaluation where participants are involved in pre-flight briefings, surveillance operations and post-flight analysis and data presentation.
AMOSC now seeks interest from member companies who may require this capability. Further information can be found in the course information flyer.
Oiled Wildlife Response Capability
AMOSC will become the coordinator for OWR for AMOSC members with several key milestones being undertaken in the next few weeks. There are now 2 x 20ft containers owned by AMOSC for member companies to access during an OWR incident. One container is held at Fremantle and the second container is located at Geelong.
AMOSC and Apache Energy are working with the Departments of Parks and Wildlife (WA) to create a common strategic OWR plan underpinned by several regional plans for Western Australia. This work is being funded by 8 AMOSC member companies and will bebefit industry and government alike.
The plans will hold details around food sourcing for the injured animals, water for cleaning and suitable OWR sites in the WA areas.
AMOSC will work with several OWR providers to build the WA capacity for industry – this will be a medium term focus for medium term outcomes to be met.
OSRL and AMOSC have re-signed the alliance agreement that allows for interchanging of equipment, personnel, knowledge and information for preparedness and response issues. This is a 3 year extendable agreement that will benefit Australian industry by having AMOSC act as the callout authority for OSRL for mutual members of both organisations during an Australian based incident.
Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) & Industry Consultation under the Offshore Petroleum & Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2011
To assist members prepare environmental plans and oil spill contingency plans, AMOSC has prepared the following guidance note. Click here.