NewsReel 3/2012

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NewsReel 3/2012 has been published in English. We hope you enjoy reading about the Balex Delta, the biggest OSR exercises in the Baltic Sea coupled with several other articles of interest such as Tomorrow’s Icebreakers Today, the latest innovations and trends for Arctic conditions. NewsReel is available online in flash and pdf format or you can receive a hardcopy by sending an email to

Tomorrow’s Multipurpose Icebreaker Today – sideway ice crushing with OSR equipment

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Arctech Helsinki Shipyard is currently constructing the world’s most advanced and innovative icebreaking multipurpose emergency and rescue vessel for the Russian Ministry of Transport. The patented icebreaking solution, ARC 100 concept, which has been developed by Aker Arctic Technology for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard, features the oblique (sideway) design with an asymmetric hull and three Steerprop pulling azimuth* propulsors** that allow the vessel to maneuver effectively in all directions.

Arctech, a joint venture between STX Finland and United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), Russia, signed the approx. EUR 76 million ship building contract with the Russian Ministry of Transport in November 2011. The hull of the vessel is being built by Yantar Shipyard (a USC company) in Kaliningrad, Russia and will be transported to Finland for outfitting, finalizing, optimization and commissioning by Arctech in Helsinki with delivery scheduled for late 2013. The hull form of NB 508 has an unique design and can proceed in 1.0 meter thick ice ahead and astern. In the oblique mode NB 508 will be able to forge a 50 meter wide icechannel in 0,6 meter thick ice. Moreover, the oil recovery sweeping width has a 50 meter reach. The electric power plant onboard consists of three main diesel generator sets with a total power of 9.0 MW.

Obliquely break the ice and uniquely catch the oil

“There is demand for innovative icebreaking vessels in the Russian market. This rescue vessel represents a totally new technology, which enables its versatile use in the Gulf of Finland and it is designed in accordance with the highest international and Russian requirements and standards,” highlights Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. “Oil combat in ice conditions is one of the major challenges for the international oil industry. After many years of development work, the oblique (sideway) icebreaker concept represents a breakthrough approach for the solution. The design of this next generation icebreaker is based on our ARC 100 concept which was developed specifically for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. Drilling permits in the Arctic region will only be granted if multipurpose OSR equipped vessels and actionable contingency plans are in place to ensure rapid mobilization and response to any incident,” says Mikko Niini, Managing Director Aker Arctic Technologies Inc. The new vessel is equipped with a helideck suitable to manage a Kamov Ka 32 helicopter and a workboat for oil boom handling. Moreover, NB 508 has a knuckle boom type offshore crane (25 tons) for moving loads and handling of the workboat. “The NB 508 is intended for icebreaking, emergency and rescue operations coupled with OSR tasks. The advanced Lamor inbuilt oil recovery system (LORS) is suitable for operations in heavy seas. The vertical side of the hull is utilized as a sweep arm, and when the vessel moves forward obliquely (sideways) through oil spills, the oily water is guided through a hull hatch to the brush skimmers and tank compartment,” says Lamor’s Project Manager, Lars Snellman.

Biggest Baltic Sea OSR Exercise in Helsinki

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This year, Balex Delta was hosted by Finland and was exceptionally large with approx. 20 specially equipped OSR vessels from all the nine Baltic coastal countries, along with over 50 other ships and boats and aircraft support. Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) was responsible for coordination and a national coastal response exercise coincided with the operation on August 28.
The drill simulated a large real life oil catastrophe in one of the most vulnerable and busiest sea areas in the world. The goal was to recover as much oil as possible in the open sea before it reached the island shores or mainland, since this is roughly ten times more cost-efficient than shoreline clean-up. Specifically the exercise simulated a major oil tanker accident in the Gulf of Finland. The exercise was based on a scenario where a ro-pax (cargo and passenger) vessel collides with an oil tanker and 15,000 tons of crude oil spills into the sea. For the purpose of the exercise, peat was used to simulate the oil. Balex Delta oil spill response exercise, which is held annually under the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area governed by HELCOM, took place just outside Helsinki. The exercise was larger than ever before, involving several international organizations and responders and overall more than 500 people. The Helsinki City Rescue Department, the Finnish Border Guard, the Finnish Defense Forces and Meritaito Ltd provided a significant input with their OSR vessels, aircraft and personnel. Equipment and staff from the Helsinki (western and southern coastal region) and Kymenlaakso rescue authorities also took part in the exercises.

With purpose and mission

Ultimately the drill was designed to test the cooperation among national and international oil spill response organizations and vessels. All aspects of the oil spill response operations were tested during the exercise, from alarm procedures to the disposal of recovered waste. Crews at sea and ashore practiced the deployment of oil containment booms, oil recovery, shoreline protection, oil spill mapping, preparedness for shoreline clean-up, logistics and oiled wildlife response. A significant new element in the exercise is the regional Boris 2 situation awareness system, which is used for distributing information among the different organizations, and for oil spill response operational command. The number of vessels transporting oil on the Baltic Sea and particularly in the Gulf of Finland has increased remarkably in recent years, which means a growing risk of a major accident involving oil pollution. The Baltic Sea states have signed a contract under HELCOM to combat oil spills in their respective regions, and to assist each other with oil response. Assistance from neighboring countries is essential in the event of a major oil disaster, which is why the countries arrange a joint exercise annually.

Unified input

A significant part of the funding for this year’s exercise came from the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department of the European Commission (DG ECHO). As such, the scope of Balex Delta 2012 was widened and included the following operations: alerting, open sea pollution response with specialized vessels, open sea pollution response using non specialized vessels in laying and towing the oil booms (oil trawling), FIFI, emergency towing, laying protective booms in the archipelago, shallow water oil response with specialized response boats, oiled coastline mapping, beach cleaning, oiled wildlife cleaning, information sharing with a situational awareness system, aerial surveillance and possibly equipment transfer with aerial assets. “As an observer and participant in the exercise, I was very pleased to see our equipment on board the OSR vessels being used during the Balex Delta drill. Our equipment worked efficiently throughout the exercises and responders operated the equipment with ease and control,” says Lamor’s COO Rune Högström proudly.”

NewsReel 3/2012

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Lamor to provide IMO 3 training in October on the Galapagos Islands

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Environmental responsibility incorporates being professionally prepared through training and having the necessary equipment for rapid intervention during oil spill accidents. Lamor offers these opportunities to take advantage of learning by implementing effective and efficient operations worldwide, on every terrain and in any climatic condition.

Lamor offers customers and governmental agencies that are responsible for oil spill response, monitoring, and control, a three-level fully accredited training program mandated by the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO). Lamor’s training program, which is offered locally or on-site at the customer’s location, is certified by the UK Nautical Institute; an important achievement for Lamor considering the Institute’s strict accreditation policies and procedures.

This IMO 3 course will be presented on the Galapagos in San Cristobal on the island of Isla Puerto Baquerizo and will be the first IMO held in the Galapagos and first IMO 3 in Ecuador. The course is designed for senior managers, administrators and senior officials who may be involved in planning for or managing the response to an oil spill. Managing an oil spill is a crucial task that involves making decisions that can have wide ranging implications on the outcome of a response and the reputation of the responsible party.

Many issues need to be dealt with such as political and media pressure, public environmental awareness, legal and financial implications and the overriding awareness of the safety of the public and response personnel. The Oil Spill Management – IMO Level 3 course provides the senior manager or administrator with an overview of these issues and allows delegates to experience the complexities of oil spill management through practical and table-top exercises.

The training of oil spill response personnel is an integral part of preparedness and response; a warehouse stocked with state-of-the art oil recovery equipment is of little or no use without the properly trained manpower to deploy and operate the equipment efficiently and effectively. In any oil spill incident and scenario, the response time is critical to the successful outcome of  clean-up operations and its long-term impacts on eco-systems and environments.

The course objectives are to gain an understanding of the complexities of oil spill management and consider the political and media pressures, the safety issues concerning response personnel and the public and the post-operational requirements.

IMO Level I course:  First Responders

Duration:  3 days (2 days in classroom and 1 day of “hands-on” practical exercises and demonstrations)

Target participants:  The course is relevant for field supervisors such as Marine Officers, Shoreline Strike Team Leaders, and other personnel who will be involved in oil spill combating operations.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Oil Spill Response Safety and Awareness
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fate and Effects of Spilled Oil
  • Containment Devices
  • Recovery Methods
  • River response techniques
  • Shoreline/inland Clean-up Methods
  • Waste Disposal & Management

IMO level 2 course: Supervisors and On-Scene Commanders

Duration: 5 days

Target participants: Personnel that already have some experience in oil spill response, have completed a course equivalent to the operational level course, have supervisory responsibilities and training, and are likely to be in charge of oil spill response coordination.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Overview of spill response
  • Contingency planning, response management and organization
  • Oil spill behavior, fate and effects
  • Spill assessment
  • Operations planning, Containment and recovery of oil In-situ burning
  • Dispersants, Shoreline clean-up, Site safety
  • Transfer, storage and disposal, Media relations
  • Evidence gathering and documentation, Communications and information
  • Liability and compensation
  • Response deactivation, Post incident debriefing
  • Table-top exercise

IMO Level 3 course: Administrators and Senior Managers

Duration: 3 days

Target participants: Personnel that will have little direct experience in oil spill response, but do have a responsibility for ensuring such capability exists in their company, department or country.

Curriculum of topics covered:

  • Causes, fate and effects of spilled oil
  • Contingency planning
  • Oil spill response strategies, limitations and issues
  • International co-operation – the legal framework
  • Liability, compensation and cost recovery
  • Spill management, roles and responsibilities
  • Communication and media issues
  • Termination of response, Post spill monitoring
  • Oil spill modeling
  • Case histories
  • Table-top exercises

IMO 3 Course in Galapagos (Downloadable PDF)

A Decade of Shanghai Dong’an

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The 10-year anniversary of Shanghai Dong’an was attended by Finland’s Consul General in Shanghai Matti Heimonen, Lamor Beijing Director Peter Rigby and Lamor’s Linda Xu, Key Client Manager.

Shanghai Dong’an Offshore Oil Spill Emergency Center Co.,Ltd was established by Lamor and Shanghai Environmental Industry Co.,Ltd in May 2002 which was the fi rst professional oil spill emergency response enterprise in China. Shanghai Dong’an has set up twentyone project departments in Shanghai port, having a total of 22 vessels and 160 employees.
Shanghai Dong’an Offshore Oil Spill Emergency Center Co., Ltd belongs to Shanghai Water Environmental Development Co., Ltd. Upon its establishment in 2002, it was the first joint-stock company to receive the qualification of water pollution prevention in a coastal city in China. Shanghai Dong’an is engaged in debris collection oil spill response, oil boom deployment etc. The national Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) performed an on-site survey in April 2006 and gave Shanghai Dong’an high appreciation and considered it a leading professional company in the water pollution combating business in China because of its advanced equipment technology and professional working arrangement.
To protect the water environment and prevent oil spill pollution more effectively, Shanghai Dong’an has built three berths along the Shanghai waterfront. In July 2005, the company joined the drill of East Sea Union and received high appreciation by the Ministry of Communications for its performance. Shanghai Dong’an took an active part in the Huangpu River oil spill emergency response operation in August 2003 and got the commendation by Shanghai MSA.
Based on statistics, in hundreds of oil spill clean-up operations and training that they participated in, Dong’an has saved substantial financial losses for locals and considerably improved the environmental impacts of Shanghai’s waters. The main service areas of Dong’an are emergency rescue & response clean-up and waste disposal as well as anti-pollution of oil tankers and hazardous goods barges in the estuary of Yangze River, North shore of Hangzhou Bay, Yangshan deepwater harbor and Huangpu River. Moreover, Dong’an also provides pollution prevention technology consultation and training.
Pursuing a modern management concept, the company regards the Shanghai water pollution prevention as its obligation and the satisfaction of pollution inspection department, clients and Shanghai citizens as its goal. Dong’an strongly believes that high quality operation, an honest service attitude and devotion to environmental protection are the key factors to clients’ trust and to successful contribution to the welfare of the society.

Centralizing Operations in China for Efficiency

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Lamor China has moved into its new premises in the Chaoyang district of Beijing in line with its chosen operational strategy for its activities in the region. The objective was to have all employees in the same office in order to ensure the flow of communications and unify the two previous locations.

The Chaoyang district is the fastest growing area in Beijing what is known as the Central Business District (CBD) and also serves as Beijing’s diplomatic district where most foreign embassies are located in the Sanlitun, Chaoyangmen Wai and Liangmahe neighborhoods. Most international companies have either their headquarters or representative offices in the Chaoyang district.

New distribution and response warehouse

In the past, Lamor managed its OSR equipment warehousing in temporary storage locations in China, however, the volume of orders increased and a permanent distribution warehouse was needed. “Today we have over 1000 m² covered warehouse space with some administrative offices and over 1000 m² open area storage for OSR equipment. This enables us to efficiently assemble the necessary equipment for rapid delivery throughout China and other areas in Asia,” says Lamor’s Director China, Peter Rigby. The new warehouse has excellent transportation by road facilities to the airport or port and is approx. 45 minutes from our offices in Chaoyang. “Currently we are finalizing the refurbishment with full integration into the Lamor Global Inventory System (LGIS). The LGIS provides us details regarding equipment available and its physical location coupled with what is being manufactured in real time,” explains Lamor’s Stephen Zhang, Production Director.
The warehouse will carry a full inventory of OSR equipment and it will also be set up to act as a Tier 3 + oil spill response equipment stock pile. This will increase our efficiency to our customers and increase the Lamor Response Team (LRT) response time for incidents in the area. The LRT is always on stand-by to tackle oil spill incidents worldwide,” says Lamor’s Bruce Gai, Technical Director.

Cooperating authorities, common goals

In May, China Rescue and Salvage (CRS) agreed to the acquisition of three inbuilt 8000kW Ocean Rescue Vessels. The scope of supply includes the three vessels to be fitted with Lamor built-in Oil Recovery System (LORS) 5C and one vessel to also have a Lamor Oil Recovery Bucket (LORB) 150W. “Working together with CRS with a common goal in tackling oil spill incidents is essential. Our equipment exceeds the most demanding oil spill scenarios and is user friendly and effective,” says Rigby.
CRS is China’s principle national professional maritime rescue and salvage force. Its primary responsibilities are the response to marine accidents on Chinese waters, including life-saving, salvage of vessels and property, wreck removal, fire-fighting, spill cleanup, etc. It also undertakes such important missions as the safeguarding of marine transport and exploitation of marine resources, and the fulfillment of state obligations on behalf of the Chinese government as stipulated by international conventions and bilateral maritime agreements. As an important part of China’s national emergency response system, CRS demonstrates the government’s ruling philosophy of “putting people first” and “valuing life” to build a harmonious society.
After 60 years of relentless efforts, and especially after the sweeping organizational reform in 2003 which successfully separated its life-saving and property salvage functions, CRS has embarked on a unique development road of Chinese characteristics, with a comprehensive three “three-in-one” organizational, functional, and developmental structure, capable of responding to all sorts of maritime accidents. The three “three-in-one” setup is namely an organizational structure that is made up of ship rescue teams, property salvage teams and air rescue teams, a responsibility composition that includes life-saving, salvage of property, and protection of marine environment, and a functional makeup that consists of helicopter capabilities in air, fast response capacities on water, and diving and salvage abilities underwater.
“Working with CRS is a top priority for Lamor China. I will ensure that the communications flows freely and without a hitch between Finland and China as we begin to customize the three vessels,” says Lamor’s Linda Xu, Key Client Manager.

EMSA OSR Drill with Icebreaker Kontio

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European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

is a European Union agency charged with reducing the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human lives at sea by helping to enforce the pertinent EU legislation. It is headquartered in Lisbon. EMSA was founded in 2002, after the EU adopted substantial packages of legislation relating to maritime security in the wake of major shipping disasters in European waters, such as the oil tankers Erika and Prestige. It was felt that a specialized technical agency was necessary to overview the enforcement of this legislation and help in its implementation.

In March 2012, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in accordance with its operational plan for the EMSA network of stand-by oil recovery vessels in the Baltic Sea conducted its quarterly drill in in the Gulf of Bothnia. In conjunction with the OSR drills, the Finnish icebreaker Kontio was deployed. Kontio is equipped with Lamor Free Floating (LFF100) skimmer, stiff sweep with brush and weir modules, heavy duty oil booms as well as oil transfer pumps.
Kontio is one of three EMSA stand-by ORVs in the northern Baltic Sea, with a total net storage capacity of 11,000 m³. Its crew is fully trained in accordance with IMO OPRC level 1 and 2. “These quarterly drills are an important aspect of maintaining skills, readiness and equipment in the event of an OSR operation,” says Lamor’s Juha Muhonen, VP Finland & Baltic Countries.

Lamor USA Selects Milford, CT. for its Operations for North and South America

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Milford, CT – juni 19, 2012 – Finnish based Lamor Corporation moves its Lamor USA operations from Seymour CT to a 36,560 sqf of industrial flex space at 155 Hill Street, Milford, CT.

Lamor Corporation develops, manufactures, and supplies best available technology (BAT) oil spill recovery equipment and services. Included in its portfolio of solutions, Lamor offers contingency planning, risk assessments, equipment maintenance and service coupled with training. The company has strategically located offices in China, Russia and the US and an agent network that covers 90 countries. The company has sold equipment to over 120 countries over the past 20 years.

The property at 155 Hill Street is a multi-tenant complex with a total of 167,000 sqf. President of Angel Commercial L.L.C., Jon Angel, who represented the landlord and tenant, explains: “Lamor USA’s criteria included administration offices, warehouse and a clean room for manufacturing some of its products. Moreover, they required a suitable yet centrally located property for its staff to commute to. Following a comprehensive search and evaluation process to meet Lamor USA’s needs, we assessed that 155 Hill Street in Milford as the best choice that met all their requirements.”

“The space is currently undergoing a complete build out to the tenant’s specific requirements and wishes.  Although these are costly, the landlord is willing to invest in this tenant given their financial strength and their willingness to commit to a long-term lease of the property.”

Lamor USA  CEO, Janne Suokas stated: “The location and the property is perfect for our operational needs. Angel Commercial has done an outstanding job in finding us a building and location that is ideal for our staff and the logistical purposes. Lamor USA in Milford represents our continued commitment to our clients in the North and South American markets.”

Lamor (Larsen Marine Oil Recovery) is a family run enterprise with offices strategically located around the world to best serve the environmental needs of corporations, the public and ecosystems rapidly and efficiently. The company develops, manufactures, and supplies oil spill recovery equipment and services.

Angel Commercial, L.L.C. is a full-service real estate brokerage firm headquartered in Fairfield County, CT specialized in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of office, industrial, multi-family and retail properties on a local and national level.