Platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, Calif in BSEE’s Pacific Region. Ellen (right) is a production platform connected by a walkway to Platform Elly (left), a processing platform for both Ellen and another platform, Eureka.
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Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD)


For more than 25 years, BSEE (and former organizations) have aggressively maintained a comprehensive, long-term research program dedicated to improving oil spill response options. The major focus of the program is to improve the methods and technologies used for oil spill detection, containment, treatment, recovery and cleanup. The OSPD program is a cooperative effort bringing together funding and expertise from research partners in government agencies, industry and the international community.


OSPD’s Response Research Unit (RRU) manages the funding for numerous research projects chosen to meet selected major topics each year. White Papers and research proposals are solicited through a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) that is published on the Federal Business Opportunities website at


The RRU also manages the National Oil Spill Response Test Facility, located in Leonardo, New Jersey. Ohmsett is the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank facility in North America. Ohmsett allows full scale oil spill response testing, training and research with oil in a realistic marine environment. For more information visit the Ohmsett Website.

Click on the categories below to bring up more information on our efforts in the subject area
Arctic Oil Spill Response Behavior of Oil
Chemical Treating Agents Decision-Making Support Tools
In Situ Burning of Oil Mechanical Containment
Ohmsett Remote Sensing
Master List of Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD) Projects

For more information on the Bureau's Oil Spill Preparedness Division (OSPD) Program, email us here