Testing oil spill containment equipment is a critical part of BSEE's mission protecting safety and the environment on the Outer Continental Shelf. Some testing is done at Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research Facility in BSEE's 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank for simulating ocean conditions.
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BSEE Researcher Attends International Oil Spill Response Seminar and Exercise in Norway


Late last month the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) Kristi McKinney travelled to Bergen, Norway to participate in the annual international seminar hosted by the Norwegian Oil Spill Control Association (NOSCA). McKinney, who is a Research Specialist in the Bureau’s Oil Spill Response Division, was invited to speak to the international audience about oil spill planning and preparedness in U.S. territorial waters. She highlighted current research within the Oil Spill Response Division and explained BSEE and operator requirements for oil spill planning and preparedness. The seminar was attended by over 90 international researchers and responders.

While there, McKinney observed the 2014 Oil on Water Exercise offshore at the Frigg oil field in the North Sea, organized annually by the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies. This exercise was a unique opportunity to view various oil spill response equipment in operation during a field release of oil. McKinney stated, “This was an excellent opportunity to get a close look at how Norway coordinates an exercise of this magnitude and view the various technologies working together in an actual field operation.” Technologies, including mechanical collection and recovery equipment and various remote-sensing technologies, were demonstrated and tested. The exercise engaged vessels, equipment and personnel from all key players such as the Norwegian Coastal Administration, the Norwegian Coast Guard, the oil companies, and the local intermunicipal organizations.

More information about NOSCA and the seminar can be found here.

More information about BSEE Oil Spill Response Research can be found here.

Norway Exercise