Ohmsett - National Oil Spill Response Research Facility
BSEE is the principal federal agency funding offshore oil spill response research, and Ohmsett is key part of the Bureau's Oil Spill Response Research Program. Many of today's commercially available oil spill cleanup products have been tested at Ohmsett and a considerable body of performance data and information on mechanical response equipment has been obtained there. This information is used by response planners in reviewing and approving facility response and contingency plans.
BSEE contracts with companies to manage the Leonardo, N.J. facility, which is located at Naval Weapons Station Earle, Waterfront. The research and training facility centers around a 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank.
Ohmsett is the premier training site for oil spill response personnel. Government agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy as well as private industry and oil spill response organizations train their emergency response personnel with real oil and their own full-scale equipment. Some of the testing activities for 2012 have included remote sensing tests, wave energy conversion device tests, skimmer and boom tests, dispersant tests, alternative fuel recovery tests, and industry oil spill response training classes.
More than twenty-four countries have conducted tests or training at the Ohmsett facility.