During the Gulf of Mexico incident, simultaneously three other oil spills occurred in China, Singapore and in Michigan (US) and Lamor responded to these incidents simultaneously.
On July 16, 2010 a pipeline exploded and an oil tank burned in Dalian in China, resulting in approx. 1,500 tons of crude oil spilled into the sea. The oil tank burned completely and more than 100m of oil pipeline was overheated; this was the largest oil spill incident in China over the past decade.
Lamor’s representative office in Beijing was contacted by the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) offshore emergency response center on July 18 and the Lamor Response Team (LRT) was assembled immediately from Beijing and dispatched to the site.
The major part of the oil spill, more than 900m³, was recovered by the newly built state owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation oil spill recovery vessels CNOOC 252 and CNOOC 253, which are equipped with Lamor in-built skimmer systems. Each vessel has a recovery capacity of 200 m³ per hour and a maximum sweeping width of 40 m. The Chinese Ocean Administration was strongly praised for this successful recovery mission and for having the foresight to install Lamor’s equipment as part of their contingency planning.
The LRT remained on the site from July 18 to August 4 during the clean-up efforts. The oil recovery operations were successfully carried out in the harbor area using the Lamor Free Floating Skimmer (LFF 400) and the Lamor Multi Skimmer, also referred to as the “Transformer” in the portfolio of Lamor skimmers. The ‘Transformer’ is known by this name due to its flexible skimmer heads that are interchangeable between brush, disc and drum modules, depending on different viscosities of oil.
The Lamor Free Floating Skimmer proved to be very efficient in the recovery operations at sea, since it could move freely and follow the vessel, being automatically remote controllable at a four-knot cruise speed. This proved to be very advantageous during the middle and latter stages of the spill recovery operations, when the oil had formed into slices and blocks, which traditional stationary skimmers could not tackle. Upon completing the recovery operations, the LRT immediately carried out equipment maintenance and service to ensure the vessels CNOOC 252 and CNOOC 253 were ready to deploy when needed.
The lessons learned from the Dalian spill were threefold; most importantly, the on-site commander must be a knowledgeable professional with extensive experience; secondly, the response team must be trained and qualified to ensure successful operation of recovery equipment and thirdly, the quality of the oil spill response equipment utilized is of utmost importance. This is a dilemma when commercial and budgetary interests supersede emergency preparedness that eventually cost those responsible a lot more versus acquiring proven equipment that works every time, all the time and everywhere i.e., Lamor.
On June 30, 2010 a cargo ship grounded 15 miles off Hong Kong and 100 tons of bunker oil was spilled. Moreover, there was a genuine risk that the vessel would sink resulting in increased difficulties and safety risks to recover oil that remained in the oil storage tanks.
Lamor sent an LRT expert to the incident site, who worked closely with Guangzhou Salvage. Shortly after the accident had taken place, Guangzhou Salvage had fenced the spill with oil containment booms and started the oil recovery operations deploying their most efficient equipment flown in from Guangzhou; a Lamor Free Floating Skimmer (LFF 400) with remote control as well as a Lamor Free Floating Skimmer (LFF 100) and a Lamor power-pack (LPP 80).
The Hong Kong clean-up operation was successful and efficiently carried out, receiving an efficiency rating of 100% without further environmental impacts.
In late July 2010, another smaller oil spill occurred in the United States when about 3.7 million liters of oil leaked from a pipeline into southern Michigan’s waterway in the Kalamazoo River.
Oil spill response was rapidly and efficiently carried out in order to contain and recover the oil thwarting the spill from reaching Lake Michigan. Lamor was called upon to help in the oil spill response operations and successfully deployed its Lamor Minimax 12 skimmers as well as two Lamor Bow Collectors (LBC-2C) that were installed on workboats. The LRT was onsite.
In August 2009, an oil platform located in the Montara oil field in the Timor Sea, off the northern coast of Western Australia suffered an oil spill due to a well blowout.
Within days, the oil slick resulting from the accident was estimated to be 14 kms long and 30 meters wide and considered to be one of the worst environmental disasters in Australia. A range of response options were implemented including the use of dispersant and mechanical containment and recovery. Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) was made formally responsible for the clean-up operations and activated resources under the National Plan. Lamor supported the clean-up operations with its Lamor GT skimmers to recover an estimated 493,000 liters of oil.