This site was described as A TREASURE TROVE OF USEFUL INFORMATION FOR OIL SPILL RESPONDERS on the 20th Dec 2010 in the ISCO weekly newsletter issue 263.
Realizing that the internet has good information mixed with mis-information and that trying to sort out the difference can be difficult and time consuming.
The intention of the site is to provide a large quantity of useful information on the subject of oil spill response from a balanced and practical point of view in one place on the internet.
The headings above lead you to a lot of information that is difficult to find for people outside the oil spill response community. This information should be especially useful to those people new to the oil spill response community as well as anyone outside who is interested in the facts.
Some of our response actions can do more damage than the oil did originally with that in mind what can be and what is done to mitigate the damage caused during an oil spill cleanup is usually done in joint agreement with central and or local government, environmental organisations as well as the oil industry.
Most of the strategies used have limitations and will in most cases never be 100% effective but are used to reduce the possible impacts to our environment. These are all covered on this site to give a better understanding of where, when and why they are used. The facts differ some what from press reporters views.
The photographs used on the site come from various sources as well as my own extensive collection taken over the last 25 years.
There are photographs of various types of equipment, the pictures and videos are not designed to favour the manufacturer of specific pieces of equipment, they are there just to show the different types of equipment available.
They are also used to give visual explainations of how mistakes are made and therefore give you the opportunity to do it correctly in the future.
In a few cases manufactures have been named due to the development of some innovative and trade marked equipment which are only made by those companies.
If there is anything you need clarifying or you have any questions or comments in the guestbook as someone hacked the e-mail address.
OSS - Oil Spill Solutions Ltda
Is a limited company, registered in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
For more than 33 years the owner Mark Francis has responded to some of the worlds largest oil spills from oil tankers, offshore platforms, pipelines onshore and offshore. Including the Maconda incident in the Gulf of Mexico 2010.
I have also carried out consultancy work for the oil industry and government agencies and various military organisations.
In 2012 opened Oil Spill Solutions ltda and became an Independent Consultant.
In 2000 with Alpina Briggs Ambiental S/A as Operations Superintendent opened the 9 CDA's throughout Brasil. As Training Coordinator developed the courses for the NI accreditation for response training, responsible for attaining the first accreditation in a language other than English in September 2002 and the re-accreditations in 2005, 2008 and the extension in 2011.
In 1997, as Operations Superintendent for Briggs Marine Environmental Services (BMES), developing aerial response capability, assisting with the management of the company response base in Baku, Azerbaijan. Implementing OPRC response to ports and harbours in the UK, approving oil pollution equipment from surveys before purchase by clients. Developed the training courses for accreditation by the Nautical Institute (NI) and Maritime Coastguard Agency UK (MCA).
Between 1979 and 1991 I where he ran a team of 15 responders who attended spills throughout the UK for British Petroleum E&P operating areas.
I have been involved with the oil industry since 1975, starting as a commercial diver in the North Sea.
As an independent consultant I offer the following services to clients.
With over 30 years knowledge and experience to assist in various roles:
Member of the operations management team
Trainer of personnel
Equipment selection and revision
Selecting the most appropriate response equipment for the location for the type of oil handled at the facility is a major part of responding promptly to any incident.
With the correct amount of relevant information in hand I can give advise on the best and most cost effective equipment for your base or facility.
Reviewing the information in company plans to make any necessary adjustments.
Visits to bases or recovery vessels to report on company capabilities.
During the last 25 years I have trained more than 12,000 people with the folowing training courses .
Familiarisation, Operators, Supervisors, Managers, On Scene Commander and Inland spills
In various countries including:
Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Durussalam, Equador, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA.
The theory part of the courses below will be carried out in a spacious room provided by the client.
Power Point© presentations will be delivered through a LCD projector.
All slides used and addional reference information will be provided on memory sticks.
The instructors have many years experience in the field of oil spill response. This allows for a much deeper knowledge to be imparted to the delegates.
The practical sessions consist of a walk around the equipment held it the location. This is an opportunity to discuss the different types of skimmers, booms, dispersant spraying equipment as well as getting hands on experience.
Exercises will be carried out on shorelines as well as at sea or on a river, dependent on the location. These exercises demonstrate the use of booms and skimmers to show the difficulties involved during deployments as well as the most effective use of the equipment and the techniques involved.
Oil spill Awareness
This course is designed for operational staff within ports, harbours, oil handling facilities, offshore personnel, local governmental authorities and environmental agencies who could be part of a response team.
Delegates will gain an understanding of pre-spill planning, the deployment and use of equipment for oil-spill clean-up operations and the importance of Health and Safety.
Although Oil Spill Solutions is not accredited at the moment all IMO related courses are written to the IMO standards for those courses.
This course is designed for technicians or supervisors who will participate in oil spill response teams or form part of logistics and waste disposal in the field. In addition this course will provide an in-depth introduction to oil spill response.
This course has a questionnaire covering the major topics of the course with 70% being the pass mark.
Delegates will understand how the weathering process that oil goes through in a marine environment, be able to implement an efficient shoreline clean-up using the different response techniques, therefore be able to select the appropriate equipment and manage the response teams on-site.
The topics covered are:
Number of delegates 15
The practical side of this course is the main reason for reducing in the amount of delegates. This is purely from a safety issue stand point, i.e. the amount of lifejackets and lack of space in boats for safe operation.
Duration 4 days
Pre course requirements;
Delegates should have some prior knowledge of oil spill response issues and techniques.
This course is for all managers or supervisors who will lead or supervise oil spill response teams andmembers of support responsibilities within an incident command or emergency team.
Delegates will gain an understanding of the safe and efficient response to oil spills, be able to undertake initial assessments of spill risk, initiate a response to an oil spill, identify priorities for protection, choose the correct response options, identify the limitations of response options and equipment, and understand the needs of the media.
Group exercise will be carried out during the course. These are designed to test the knowledge gained during the course. Team working is paramount to deal with an incident. There may be a need to split the groups into the responsibilities which would be used during an incident.
The topics covered are:
Number of delegates 25
Duration 4 days
Pre course requirements;
Delegates should have prior knowledge of oil spill response issues and techniques and preferably have a First Responder certificate.
The instructors background history to provide a good knowledge of how to deal with an inland spill.
This course is for personnel who would be involved in oil spill response members of support responsibilities within an incident command or emergency team.
Delegates will gain an understanding of the safe and efficient response to oil spills, be able to undertake initial assessments of spill risk, initiate a response to an oil spill, identify priorities for protection, choose the correct response options, identify the limitations of response options and equipment.
This course has been carried out in various locations around the world.
The topics covered are:
Number of delegates 20Duration 3 days