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​Ship Loses Containers in Rough Seas

According to a statement issued on behalf of the A.P.Moller-Maersk Group, container vessel Svendborg Maersk lost a significant number of containers overboard during very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay.

On Friday, February 14, the container vessel Svendborg Maersk encountered very rough weather in the Bay of Biscay while en route to Colombo, Sri Lanka, leading to minor vessel damage and the loss of a significant number of containers. The crew is safe and accounted for.

Maersk said weather conditions at the time of the incident were severe, with wind blowing 60 knots and waves reaching 10 m. Local maritime authorities were informed about the incident and nautical warning broadcasted about floating containers.

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 SMART - Special Monitoring of Applied Response Technologies

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The need for protocols to monitor response technologies during oil spills has been recognized since the early 1980s. Technological advances in dispersant applications and in situ burning (referred to as applied response technologies ) have resulted in their increased acceptance in most regions in the U.S. Many regions have set up pre-approval zones for dispersant and in-situ burn operations, and established pre-approval conditions, including the requirement for monitoring protocols. This reaffirms the need for having national protocols to standardize monitoring, especially when the Federal Government assumes full responsibility for the response under the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution ContingencyPlan (Title40 CFR Part 300). Protocols are also needed to serve as guidelines for assisting or overseeing industry's monitoring efforts during spills.

In the 2009 Joint Industry project, the dispersed oil in ice was followed with a boat and a fluorometer, but that was only for a few hours during daylight. The key time period to follow a dispersed oil plume in ice is likely 2 days. See JIP Fate of Dispersed Oil Under Ice ( Two days is likely to have some period of darkness, and the need for subsurface vehicles to provide the monitoring.

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The Quarterly Newsletter About the Spill Industry
October 2013

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Coast Guard To Test Arctic Oil Spill Technologies

The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) plans to test and evaluate oil spill detection and recovery technologies in the Arctic Ocean as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2013.

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What BP Doesn’t Want You to Know About the 2010 Gulf Spill

"It’s as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid.” That’s what Jamie Griffin says the BP man told her about the smelly, rainbow-streaked gunk coating the floor of the “floating hotel” where Griffin was feeding hundreds of cleanup workers during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Apparently, the workers were tracking the gunk inside on their boots. Griffin, as chief cook and maid, was trying to clean it. But even boiling water didn’t work.

“The BP representative said, ‘Jamie, just mop it like you’d mop any other dirty floor,’” Griffin recalls in her Louisiana drawl.

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Lofoten needs better oil spill preparedness

Shipping along the coast of Norway constitutes a lager environmental risk for Lofoten than oil development. The Lofoten Council wants better oils spill preparedness.

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