Introducing the next generation lightweight modular skimmer, Lamor Minimax 25 (LMM 25), that is easily transportable, assembled and rapidly deployed. The LMM 25 is the ultimate high performance skimmer that can be used in multiple scenarios and in remote environments that are not easily accessible.
The LMM 25 can be configured with additional units (1—4) with a capacity ranging from 25—100 m³/h utilizing a docking station for highly advanced performance in oil spill response operations.
The new skimmer unit can be used as a suction skimmer or combined with a transfer pump. It is a low maintenance and user friendly skimmer that can be lifted by one person and can be connected to most other hydraulic and vacuum units without any tools. The LMM 25 module is equipped with brush wheels and its frame and floatation is very durable.
Fully tested and vetted at Ohmsett with certified capacities, the LMM 25 has a 100% oil recovery rate in all types of oil from light to heavy viscous oils. The skimmer head can be adjusted to varying oil grades and conditions.
For the second year in a row, Alaska Clean Seas (ACS) has conducted an Advanced Oil Spill Response in Ice Course at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire. In January and February this year, two separate week-long courses were held, training approximately 55 spill response personnel representing oil companies and agencies working on Alaska’s North Slope.
This course was held at CRREL’s 60 x 25 x 8 outdoor saline test basin. Approximately 18-20” of sea ice is grown using the tank’s chilling system, completely covering the tank’s surface. “North Slope crude oil is injected under the ice prior to the start of training. Our training covers a wide range of topics, including: ice safety, detection and delineation of an oil spill under ice, containment and recovery tactics in ice, deployment of skimmers and recovery systems, and oil spill in-situ burning,” says Alaska Clean Seas, Chris Hall, Training Specialist and Oil Spill Responder.
“We select topics that provide the responder with diverse, realistic training but the focus is to use CRREL to do what we cannot do on the North Slope. CRREL allows us the opportunity to train with real oil in real ice. It is a safe and contained environment. That said, all of the unknowns and unique winter operational challenges that can happen in a real spill can happen at CRREL,” Hall highlights. “Our students have knowledge and proficiency in site safety, equipment operations, and other spill response topics from their weekly training on the North Slope. CRREL enables us to ‘put it all together’ in a realistic yet simulated training environment. We build confidence in our students that they can effectively respond during an Arctic oil spill event,” notes Hall.
Vendor support has been critical to the success of this training. “Our vendors provide equipment that is geared to a winter Arctic spill response scenario. Very few of our students have ever attended an oil spill trade show or conference, so they are not familiar with individual company representatives. These are true frontline end-users, deploying the equipment without the controls that might be present in a vendor demonstration,” Hall outlines.
“Lamor brings great spill response equipment and a wide range of Arctic response expertise. Lamor representatives have been active participants in ACS training events for years, both at CRREL and Ohmsett in New Jersey. Each year sees a new piece of skimming equipment brought to the training and each class gets the opportunity to put the equipment through its paces. We are highly appreciative for the assistance provided by the Lamor team,” says Hall.
ACS is a non-profit, incorporated oil spill response cooperative whose current membership includes oil and pipeline companies that engage in or intend to undertake oil and gas exploration, development, production and/or pipeline transport activities on the North Slope of Alaska.
“We are a unique oil spill cooperative in that ACS provides its member companies with extensive oil spill management and response training, oil spill research and development, and day-to-day field environmental and spill response support,” says Hall.
“Our operations are focused on Alaska’s North Slope and selected areas of the Alaskan Outer Continental Shelf and adjacent shorelines coupled with the Trans-Alaska Pipeline from Pump Station One to Milepost 167,” Hall concludes.
In late May Estonia and Finland conducted a joint oil spill prevention exercise off the Port of Paldiski, Estonia. The exercise is held annually under bilateral agreements between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea.
EPBG’s Senior Logistics Officer, Police Lieutenant Tõnis Trubetski said: “The Lamor OSR equipment increases our capabilities to successfully respond to oil spill emergencies.” In late May Estonia and Finland conducted a joint oil spill prevention exercise off the Port of Paldiski, Estonia. The exercise is held annually under bilateral agreements between the countries bordering the Baltic Sea.
Commissioned by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the €48 million MS Louhi is based at the Port of Upinniemi approx. 40 kms west of Helsinki in the archipelago. The vessel will be operated by the Finnish Navy. Louhi is equipped to sail in the Baltic Sea all year round and it can reach a speed of 15 knots and even through a 50 cm (20 in) thick ice sheet, it can travel at 7.5 knots.
Nystedt explains: “Although Louhi did not participate in this exercise, the multipurpose vessel has been fitted with several of our newest technologies that none of the other 14 Finnish oil response ships have, although they also are equipped with our efficient OSR technology. For example, Louhi, with our in-built skimmers, is capable of collecting 1,200 tons of spilled oil during just one trip,” he says.
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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is the principal US federal agency that funds research in oil spill technologies through the Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) program. For BSEE, Ohmsett is the cornerstone of its OSRR program. The OSRR programhas partnered with state and federal government agencies, academia, private industry and other countries who share similar interests in Arctic oil spill response research.
In March, BSEE and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) invited several OSR equipment manufacturers under the theme “BSEE Ice Month Testing at Ohmsett” to evaluate different types of skimmers used by the USCG. The testing conditions simulated the Alaska North Slope crude (ANS) in two different ice conditions with 30% and 70% ice concentration.
“We tested our Lamor Multimax 50 (LAM 50) and our proven oil recovery bucket skimmer (LRB), which has been used in numerous oil spills since the early 1990s,” says Lamor’s COO Rune Högström, who was at Ohmsett to supervise the testing of Lamor’s equipment.
All tests were performed with Hydrocal, a standard Ohmsett test oil. “Hydrocal, a lubricant oil, was selected rather than a crude oil because, as a refined product, it provides a more stable test fluid and produce less of a breathing hazard over the four-week test period. At a nominal test temperature of 32F (0C), Hydrocal has a density of 0.90 g/mL and a viscosity of 1000 cP,” says Lamor’s Vince Mitchell, VP Special Projects.
“We had utilized our latest brush technology for the LRB and the test results exceeded our expectations markedly. Large amounts of oil were recovered with minimal water intake, “Högström highlights.
“The most significant outcome of the test was that it made no difference if there was 30% or 70% or any ice at all for that matter with respect to the recovery capacities, due to its easy maneuverability and ice-handling features,” he notes.
Government agencies including the USCG and the Navy as well as private industry and oil spill response organizations train their emergency response personnel with real oil and their own full-scale equipment. Some of the testing activities have included remote sensing tests, wave energy conversion device tests, skimmer and boom tests, dispersant tests, alternative fuel recovery tests, and industry oil spill response training classes.
The research and training facility centers on an approx. 10 million liter (2.6 million gallon) salt water tank. Government and the private sector train with oil under realistic oil spill conditions and increase their proficiency using actual oil spill recovery equipment by collecting and recovering oil. Ohmsett creates oil spills in a safe environment. Without this facility, experiments would have to be conducted in the open ocean, which have significant environmental implications.
“The Ohmsett facilities have a full-scale oil spill response equipment testing, research and training can be conducted in a marine environment with oil under controlled environmental conditions i.e. waves and oil types,” says Högström.
“The opportunity to test our skimmers at Ohmsett was once again remarkable and a fantastic experience since its facilities offers a realistic simulated controlled marine environment for oil spill equipment e.g. the use of real oil in a wave/tow tank. Based on the outstanding offering of services coupled with the great cooperation and flexibility of its staff, Ohmsett is already an integral part of our testing and vetting process,” concludes Högström.
In Kiruna, Sweden on May 15, Canada officially assumed the position of Chair of the Arctic Council (AC) with a 2013–2015 mandate. Appropriately, the Government of Canada appointed the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, an Inuk, as Chairperson of the AC. Minister Aglukkaq takes on this role in addition to her role as Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Minister Aglukkaq was born and raised in Thom Bay, Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven in Nunavut, and is very knowledgeable of remote communities. Moreover, she was the first Inuk to be sworn into the Federal Cabinet as Minister of Health in late 2008. Nunavut remains close to her heart and she has fought hard for the interests of all Nunavummiut. “It is an honor to be selected to represent my country in the AC. I am energized and committed and hope to move forward with tangible actions on all issues,” says Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
“I welcome the new observer status countries of China, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore. The Arctic Council Ministers also agreed to respond positively to the European Union’s application for observer status, but deferred a final decision until the concerns of Arctic Council Ministers are resolved. Specifically Canada’s concerns around the European Unions position on the seal hunt, a legitimate, sustainable industry in Canada. That said, the AC adopted an observer manual that will define what rights the observer States have and clarify which decisions are not included in the observers’ mandate,” she continues.
Within the framework of the AC, developments in the Arctic are a source of both challenges and opportunities. With the changing environment in the Arctic and the increased business interest, one thing remains clear; the People who live and work in the Arctic must be consulted and put first. Minister Aglukkaq noted that countries interested in resource development in the Arctic, including oil and gas exploration, will not have “carte blanche” by becoming observers to the AC. The council will continue to serve as a protector of the delicate environment, indigenous communities and vast resources of the region.
“Development for the people of the North with a focus on responsible Arctic resource development, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities, is a very important element of our agenda. The official Kiruna Declaration of May 15th focuses on economic and social development, climate change, protecting the Arctic and strengthening the AC,” says Minister Aglukkaq.
The Canadian chairmanship has set forth to include the establishment of a Circumpolar Business Forum (CBF) to provide opportunities and possibilities for industry and businesses to introduce their expertise and knowledge with the council. “The CBF is the perfect forum for oil spill recovery and response players to share their expertise, training and solutions,” says Patrick Borbey, Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials and President of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
The AC should be a forum where a proactive approach is taken to prevent incidents such as oil spills, that may harm the natural environment. “Shortly after the Kiruna Ministerial Meeting, I travelled to Finland and spent an afternoon at Lamor Corporation in Porvoo. It was a very informative meeting, where I was able to see first-hand the equipment that is used in oil spill prevention and clean-up. The Arctic Council will continue to focus on oil spill prevention and response, which is vital to protect the Arctic’s natural environment,” says Minister Aglukkaq.
The 2010 Gulf of Mexico (GoM) massive oil spill needed immediate external support, expertise, solutions and equipment to assist in the containment and clean-up efforts. “We immediately set our action plans into motion and within 36 hours and through our global network, we airlifted an arsenal of equipment and key personnel to the scene,” notes CEO Fred Larsen, Lamor Corporation.
“We also supported the Vessel of Opportunity (VoO) program, a modified sustainable Lamor concept, by training local fishermen and converting their fishing vessels to oil spill response vessels. This concept developed by us is something which proved to be very beneficial by engaging local communities and populations to collectively change and become responders to oil spills,” he says.
Early training, preparedness and well-organized response operations coupled with effective equipment are the essential tools needed for proactively reducing the environmental impacts and effects from oil and other hazardous material accidents.
Lamor’s COO Rune Högström highlights: “Our knowledge in oil spill response operations providing equipment and training is long. Naturally, due to our geographical location, Arctic conditions are a way of life for us and we have adapted our equipment to meet those challenges head on. That said, training is essential coupled with refresher training, and having the right equipment lessens the impacts of an oil spill.”
“During the GoM incident, simultaneously three other oil-spills occurred in Dalian, China, Hong Kong and in Michigan (US), and we responded to these incidents too. We have facilities strategically located throughout the world with a stockpile of equipment to ensure that our response and readiness is not limited to one incident or region,” says Larsen.
“It was great to meet with Lamor representatives, who have operational knowledge and expertise in the Arctic. By working together, we can achieve our goal of preventing oil spills from occurring in the first place,” concludes Minister Aglukkaq.
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Since its formation in the 1970s, Clean Seas has evolved into a well-equipped and highly innovative organization capable of rapidly and effectively combating oil spill incidents. Clean Seas’ Ocean Guardian and Ocean Scout are two of the oil spill response vessels (OSRV) specifically designed for rapid response, open ocean recovery.
The specially designed oil spill response vessels are the forefront of our off-shore OSR capabilities. Our inventory of OSRV consists additionally of Ocean Defender and Ocean Sentinel. Each is equipped with approximately 1,500 feet of boom, advancing oil recovery systems, storage tanks for recovered oil, Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) and advanced electronic equipment for directing and monitoring oil spill response activities,” says John Bellfield, Clean Seas Offshore Response Supervisor.
With maximum cruising speeds of 26 knots, large fuel capacity, sleeping quarters, and galley accommodations, Clean Seas OSRV’s can reach any spill site quickly and remain on scene for an extended period of time. “For truly rapid response and logistics, the fast response support boats Ajax and Comet add an important dimension. These 32-foot aluminum boats are capable of delivering personnel, boom, sorbents and equipment to a spill site at speeds up to 30 knots, “says Bellfield.
The Clean Sweep, a 32-foot spill response vessel, combines the capabilities of the Ajax and Comet with a built-in Lamor LORI brush skimmer and 28 bbls gallons of oil storage.
“The Ocean Guardian is an aluminum 65 footer powered by twin 1500 HP Cat Acer 32 engines. The vessel was built by Rozema Boat Works in Washington, this OSRV was working an crude oil spill off the pristine coast of Santa Barbara, CA. This OSRV is outfitted with dual three brush Lamor LORI skimming system the vessel has a 65’ swath through the water. She was engaged in free skimming operations and performed outstanding, with no oil remaining. This advancing system collects oil, diverts, and recovers it, all in one system, the best descrip- tion of the skimmers effectiveness is, ‘It’s like mowing the lawn’ you can really see the difference before, and after you have run through it,” highlights Bellfield.
“The bottom line is, this system really does work, it’s simple and effective, I’ve worked in the oil spill clean-up business for 30 years, I remember using this brush system for the first time in 1992, ever sense I’ve been a fan…,” says Bellfield.
In 1970, companies operating in the Santa Barbara Channel joined together to fund and operate a not-for-profit cooperative called Clean Seas. “Our designated area of response comprises the open oceans and coastline of the South Central Coast of California including Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, and the Channel Islands,” explains Bellfield.
The purpose of Clean Seas is to act as a resource to its member companies by providing an inventory of state-of-the-art oil spill response equipment, trained personnel, and expertise in the planning and execution of response techniques. “Our response concept is similar to that of a fire department in that trained personnel and equipment are on standby, ready to respond to a spill 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” says Bellfield.
Constant investment in research, development and product testing makes Lamor Corporation the market leader in oil recovery systems. “Existing products and services are frequently enhanced and updated to meet the needs and to manage the challenges encountered by our many clients in the field,” says Lamor’s Rasmus Guldbrand, VP Americas.
“We are proud to have introduced a number of new developments designed to optimize oil recovery operations on sea and on land and to assist in reclaiming the environment from pollution and degradation. Upgrade kits are always a benefit for customers to invest in for increased OSR activities with older equipment. Specifically for all the older LORI brush modules i.e. bow, side and inbuilt, the improvements that have been made enhance the performance significantly especially on light viscosity range of oils,” says Guldbrand.