News

November 25 2013

Deepwater Horizon Deepwater Horizon BP launches data website for Deepwater Horizon spill

Starting 18 November 2013, BP is making environmental data gathered during and after the Deepwater Horizon well blowout available to the public on a new website: gulfsciencedata.bp.

November 22 2013

Prestige Prestige Spain and France to appeal Prestige oil spill decision

More than ten years after one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters, the ship’s crew and a high level Spanish maritime official have been acquitted of most charges related to the Prestige oil spill. The captain of the vessel was sentenced to nine months in jail for resisting efforts to have the ship towed away from the coast.

November 7 2013

New Oil Spill Response base in South Africa a plus for wildlife

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) recently announced the opening of a new base in Saldanha Bay, South Africa. OSRL has worked closely with Sea Alarm and other oiled wildlife response organisations for many years, maintaining stockpiles of equipment for oiled wildlife response, which can be shipped anywhere in the world on very short notice.

November 1 2013

Salish Sea Drift Card Studies Potential Oil Movement

Two conservation organisations in British Columbia, Canada have undertaken a drift card study in an effort to document the likely pattern of oil travel should there be a spill within the Salish Sea.

October 22 2013

Breaking News: IMO bans high viscosity PIB discharge

In the wake of the deaths of over 4,000 seabirds in two polyisobutylene (PIB) spill incidents in the UK, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has placed all high viscosity PIBs in MARPOL Annex II Category X, which completely prohibits their discharge into the marine environment. Some lower viscosity (lower molecular weight) PIBs will remain Category Y, where their discharge is limited in both quantity and quality but not prohibited.

October 21 2013

Oil spill response training on Malta includes wildlife

A National Pilot Training Course took place in Malta in October as part of the Preparedness for Oil-polluted Shoreline cleanup and Oiled Wildlife interventions (POSOW) project. POSOW is coordinated by the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC) and co-funded by the European Commission.

October 16 2013

Trinidad and Tobago oil spill response plan includes wildlife

A signing ceremony presided over by Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine  formally introduced Trinidad and Tobago’s National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP)on 16 October 2013. The NOSCP, approved by the Cabinet in January, includes specific language regarding oiled wildlife.

October 15 2013

Oil-eating bacteria: potential new tool to reduce impacts of oil spills on wildlife?

Post-spill studies in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon incident, are suggesting that naturally occurring oil-eating bacteria are helping the Gulf recover more quickly than expected. An EU project is looking at ways to make the pollutant-degrading bacteria a more regular part of oil spill mitigation, allowing wildlife and ecosystems to recover more rapidly.

October 4 2013

Ships involved in collision in the Philippines to pay for mangrove restoration

On 16 August, 2013 a collision between a cargo ship and a passenger ferry made news as many lives were lost. But in addition to the human toll, oil spilled from the two vessels resulted in damage to 328 hectares of mangroves, home to a variety of wildlife.

September 30 2013

Sonar mapping device implicated in melon-headed whale deaths in 2008

A sonar device used for offshore oil and gas exploration has been implicated in the stranding of approximately 100 melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) in 2008 in a lagoon in Madagascar. The high death toll was also a result of the remoteness of the area where the strandings occurred.