Drills Boost Spill Preparedness and Readiness in China

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The Chinese government continuously monitors and implements new laws governing oil spill response. “China’s growing environmental awareness and tighter environmental legislation has significantly increased during the past few years. This spurs responsible Chinese governmental organizations and industry players to continuously be prepared through joint exercises and drills,” says Lamor’s Linda Xu, Key Customer & Regional Manager.
China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) South Sea Branch together with the Shenzhen Branch of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) dedicated oil spill response department, CNOOC Offshore Environmental Services Co. Ltd (COES) organized a large scale oil drill and exercise in the eastern area of the South China Sea.

 

Ongoing joint drills

The COES exercise in the South China Sea included eight individual oil related companies with over 170 personnel coupled with 16 vessels and two helicopters. Onboard one the vessels was Lamor’s Xu and Technical Engineer Kerry Wang to assist COES responders.

Lamor’s state-of-the-art Umbilical Hose Reel with Telescopic Crane Arm (LUT) was deployed successfully during the recent COES organized training. COES Engineer, Xing Chenglu stated: “The entire drill and exercise was a success. Responders were able to quickly assimilate the needed expertise and experience to operate equipment and as a team to effectively tackle the situation. Any exercise creates unforeseen challenges, and this is an excellent opportunity to learn from a controlled oil spill drill.”

“I do want to add that Lamor’s LUT system is considered as one of most advanced offshore skimmer system in China. We are very happy to work with Lamor people since they continuously show knowledge, professionalism and passion in their work ethic and the high quality products they represent, which is all very important for us,” Xing highlights.

Established in 2003, COES has worked with Lamor since its beginning in building its arsenal of oil spill recovery equipment. “COES is based in Tanggu and has subsidiaries in Suizhong, Longkou, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Shenzhen and Weizhou Island. The company organizes drills such as these frequently in order for responders to be ready and prepared for oil recovery operations,” says Xu.
“Joint drills and training such as this prepares responders for their mission, thus enhancing success in containing and recovering oil spills and reducing risks,” says Lamor’s Peter Rigby, Director China.
COES has not only organized hundreds of similar drills but has also responded to oil spills. “COES responded to Dalian oil spill and the Penglai 9-3 oil platform spill to name a couple. In these, CNOOC 252 and 253 oil spill response vessels with inbuilt Lamor Oil Recovery Systems (LORS) were deployed to respond,” says Rigby.

 

The LUT reach

“The telescopic crane arm can be positioned by a single operator and is built in accordance with NOFO standards that can be deployed even from below deck through a side hatch,” says Lamor’s Kerry Wang, Project Manager.
Wang explains the technical details: “The oil transfer and hydraulic hoses are connected to a manifold at the hub of the reel with pump-through swivel joints to allow the hoses to be energized continuously and at any deployed length. The LUT is powered by a hydraulic motor with hydraulically released brake. The swivel has gone through extensive EX testing in Finland at the Technical Research Center (VTT) during a four week period in + 90ºC, humidity 90 % and another test in –40 ºC for 2 days.”

 

Acquisitions for freezing conditions

In line with the scope of responsibility and OSR strategy, COES acquired two Lamor Arctic skimmers (LAS 125) in 2014. “The LAS 125s will be stored at Tanggu OSR base for use during the winter when temperatures drop dramatically in Bohai Bay, China Yellow Sea and China East Sea, should the need arise,” highlights Wang.
“These actions coupled with their continuous training and preparedness exercises truly show how COES is determined and dedicated to tackle oil spills. COES is committed to its mission and due to Lamor’s equipment being robust, durable, effective and ease of use, COES invests in our equipment,” says Rigby.

 

SOA’s responsibility

SOA is responsible for regulating the coastal zone of the People’s Republic of China. “This includes islands, internal sea, neighboring sea, contiguous zone, continental shelf, exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and other sea area under its jurisdiction,” Xu highlights.
Moreover, it is also responsible for issuing permits for sea area use such as laying of underwater cables and pipelines. Xu explains its vast scope: “It is responsible for environmental protection of the marine area and regulating pollutants, discharges into the sea and monitoring of the health of the sea areas. The agency assesses marine oil and gas exploration and developments, ocean dumping and ocean engineering projects to ensure the environmental impact is minimized and regulations are followed. The agency organizes and regulates marine scientific surveys and research activities. This can involve approving research from foreign countries or foreign nationals.”

SOA is also the law enforcement agency protecting the maritime and sea area. This involves coastal surveillance, investigation and prosecution of illegal activities. The agency also organizes basic and comprehensive survey of the maritime area to promote scientific research and understanding of the environment for protection, economic activity or conservation.

 

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Peruvian Pipeline Clean-up Operations

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The North Peruvian Pipeline is one of the largest and most important construction projects carried out in Peru in the past century. It is 1,106 km (687 mi) long and cuts across the country’s coastal, mountain and jungle regions.

 

“On June 30, 2014, an oil leak was detected at 41st km of Stretch I of the pipeline. The crude oil that escaped settled in an artificial containment channel, an industrial structure built to isolate the pipeline bed from the swampy areas and the sensitive water system of the Peruvian Amazon,” says Petroperu Administration of Corporate Relationships (PACR).

The spill occurred in an area characterized by its remoteness, high levels of rainfall and difficult access. The volume of the spill was 1,604 barrels of oil, as certified by the owner.

 

Possible reasons and proactive actions unfold

“According to investigations by the authorities and independent technical bodies, the spill may have been caused by a deliberate perforation of the pipeline. We deployed a team of specialists from Petroperu to the site on June 30 and identified the need to install containment booms as a preventive measure to avoid the likely pollution of water bodies,” PACR notes.

The precise location of the leak was identified on July 1, the pipeline was successfully repaired and pumping was resumed twelve days later. Simultaneously, four heliports were rendered operational and environmental recovery and remediation activities commenced. Finally, as a precaution, a social management plan was activated in the town of Cuninico, which is about 12 km (7 mi) from the area of the spill.

Inspections of the area of the spill continued over the following days, and the presence of crude oil was detected among highly dense vegetation. This was caused by the movement of hydrocarbons through flow channels comprised of cracks in the ground created by tree roots, which meant new specialized work had to be scheduled in addition to the recovery activities already underway.

 

Partnering with soil and water remediation experts

Petroperu contracted Lamor on account of its proven experience in providing technical environmental management services and expertise to the oil industry, as well as in the preparation, organization and response to hydrocarbon spills. ”We analyzed Lamor’s extensive experience in the recovery of spills in marine and coastal areas, as well as in environments with jungle ecosystems similar to the area where Stretch I of the North Peruvian Pipeline is located,” PACR highlights.
“We began work in the area of the spill in August, using our technologically advanced equipment and services to restore soils and bodies of water. Our input complemented the challenging and dedicated work Petroperu had initially undertaken to recover the oil that was spilt and remove crude oil residues from the artificial containment channel. Due to our earlier commitment in the region, we had equipment and responders who were prepared to deploy and assist for immediate action to Petroperu’s request,” says Lamor Peru’s Erick Monge, Sales Manager Latin America.

Lamor deployed certified technical staff from its Lamor Response Team (LRT) and equipment for the remediation work in the area. “Lamor’s support has played a fundamental role in the environmental remediation of the area, using techniques such as implementing protective measures for bags containing contaminated material and the use of the “fishbone” method to recover the crude oil from the containment channel itself,” says PACR.

 

Remediation process in the jungle

The remediation process involved pressure washing the channel and reinforcing it with suitable materials to provide support for and contain the slopes (shoring) of the two banks, providing a means to store the sediment generated by the washing activities, as well as clearing and removing polluted jungle vegetation.

According to PACR: “The clean-up and recovery of crude oil was complemented by the recovery of the affected flora, its removal and the construction of storage points for the collected material. The final phase of the process included the installation of Lamor’s EKO-GRID™ system, a proprietary technology patented for soil and water remediation.”

“Lamor’s soil and water remediation process uses a system of controlled electronic pulses to speed up the processes involved in breaking down hydrocarbons, both on the ground and in water. “The technology is completely environmentally friendly as it does not require the use of chemical substances or additional artificial components, nor does it affect the flora or fauna of the area,” says Monge.

“The work and expert advice provided by Lamor was crucial to resolving the environmental contingency caused by the leakage of crude oil from the pipeline,” PACR concludes.

The Multipurpose Baltika – unique capabilities with oblique ice-crushing hull

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Photos: Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

 

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard built in cooperation with Shipyard Yantar JSC the world’s most advanced and innovative icebreaking multipurpose emergency oil spill response (OSR) and rescue vessel, which is owned by the Russian Ministry of Transport.

Baltika will be operated by FGI Gosmorspassluzhba, the Russian Marine Emergency Rescue Service. She is one of four icebreaking salvage vessels currently under construction for Russia.

 

The multipurpose Baltika

In case of an oil spill, the vertical side of the asymmetric hull can be used as a large sweeping arm that guides oil floating on the surface to a Lamor built-in skimmer as the vessel moves obliquely through the oil slick.

“The Baltika 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.

 

Flexible solutions and maneuvers

One of its unique features is the patented icebreaking solution, ARC 100 concept, which was developed by Aker Arctic Technology specifically for the Arctech Helsinki Shipyard. The ARC 100 features the oblique design with an asymmetric hull and three Steerprop pulling azimuth propulsors that allow the vessel to maneuver effectively in all directions.

“The azimuth thruster is a configuration of ship propellers placed in pods that can be rotated on the horizontal plane, making a rudder unnecessary giving vessels better maneuverability than with a fixed propeller and rudder system,” says Snellman.

“Moreover the propulsors are a mechanical device that gives propulsion and implies a mechanical assembly that is more complex and innovative than a regular fixed propeller, thus known as the azimuth propulsors,” he notes.

The oblique icebreaker is exceptionally flexible to operate and can be steered to move ahead, astern, sideways and turn on the spot in ice, which is a unique and technologically advanced innovation.

 

Cluster of knowledge

Arctech signed the approx. EUR 76 million shipbuilding contract for Baltika with Shipyard Yantar (a USC company) in Kaliningrad, who has contract with the Russian Ministry of Transport.

“The blocks of the vessel were built by Shipyard Yantar and were transported to Finland for basic and detail design, hull assembly, outfitting, finalizing, optimization and commissioning at our shipyard in Helsinki,” says Arctech Helsinki Shipyard’s Esko Mustamäki, Managing Director.

Lamor is committed to providing the most advanced OSR equipment worldwide. “We continue to forge ahead with our OSR equipment. That said, there is lots of in-depth detailed planning together with the ship builder of a multipurpose vessel. This takes time and testing for the best results coupled with optimization in the final phase. Moreover, we provide the necessary training and commissioning of the equipment. It is a cluster of knowledge that comes together when building this type of unique vessel,” highlights Lamor’s Juha Muhonen, VP Baltics and Finland.

 

Oblique and unique

The hull form of Baltika (formerly NB 508) has a unique design and can proceed in 1.0 meter thick ice ahead and astern. In the oblique mode Baltika will be able to forge a 50 meter wide ice-channel in 0.6 meter thick ice.

Baltika is equipped with a helideck suitable to manage a Kamov Ka 32 helicopter and a workboat for oil boom handling. Mustamäki explains further: “She also has a knuckle boom type offshore crane (25 tons) for moving loads and handling of the workboat.”

“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,” says Mustamäki.

 

More to come

“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 Mustamäki.

“We signed a contract this year for the building of three icebreaking stand-by vessels and one icebreaking supply vessel for Russia´s largest shipping company Sovcomflot. The vessels will be built for the North East Sakhalin Offshore region oil and gas field where they will serve the operator of Sakhalin-2,” Mustamäki highlights.

“The new icebreaking stand-by vessels are designed for stand-by and rescue duties and for oil spill recovery. They can also be used as supply vessels for cargo transfer e.g. for low flashpoint fuels. The vessels measure 95 m in length and 22 m in breadth,” he says.
“That said, also the Finnish Transport Agency has procured a new icebreaker to refurbish the aging fleet of state-owned icebreakers and to improve the level of icebreaker services and to ensure the competitiveness of Finnish exports,” he notes.

The new order for the Finnish Transport Agency, valued at EUR 123 million, will be delivered by winter 2016. “The new icebreaker features the highest and most technologically advanced solutions that is designed and customized specifically for the demanding icebreaking operations in the Baltic Sea. It will be able to move continuously through about 1.6 m thick level ice, to break a 25 meter wide channel in 1.2 meter thick ice at a speed of 6 knots, as well as to reach 9-11 knots of average assistance speed in the Baltic Sea. In open water the service speed will be minimum 16 knots,” says an enthusiastic Mustamäki.

The vessel will also be equipped for oil spill response operations and emergency towing missions. “We are proud to partner with Arctech, the makers of the most advanced multipurpose ice-breakers worldwide. Lamor will deliver a built-in oil recovery system LORS-D 9, which is capable of handling both heavy and light viscous oils,” says Muhonen.

Muhonen continues “When we signed this agreement with Arctech, we simultaneously got the option to fit the next four icebreakers on order that will also be delivered to Russia with our inbuilt OSR systems.”

“These multipurpose icebreakers are truly very impressive and we will continue to develop further our OSR equipment and efficiencies. I do want to highlight that continuous training and exercises are fundamental in order to tackle any type of oil spill rapidly and effectively. Having the best equipment, experienced operators and trained responders is the crucial mix for success,” he concludes.

 

Technical Data of Baltika
Length 76.4 m
Length in waterline 72.1 m
Breadth maximum 20.5 m
Draught, at design waterline 6.3 m
Dead weight at design draught 1150 t
Installed power 9.9 MW
Propulsion power 7.2 MW
Speed 14 knots
Speed at 1.0 m level ice 3.0 knots
Crew 24
Special personnel 12
GT 3800
Cargo deck 380 m
Range 20 days
Classification RMRS
Class notation: KM Icebrreaker 6, [1], AUT1-ICS, OMBO, FF3WS, EPP, DYNPOS-1, ECO-S, Oil recovery ship (>60⁰C), Salvage ship, Tug crushing with OSR equipment

Lamor delivers six Workboats to the North Caspian Sea

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North Caspian Operating Company (NCOC), as the current operator for the Kashagan Project in the Kazakh Sector of the North Caspian Sea, continues developing their OSR capacity as part of their exploration and drilling activities are revamped over the next few years.

Caspian Offshore Construction LLP (COC) is a leading provider of marine fleet operation and management services in the North Caspian Sea. “In conjunction with our continued marine services support and awarded contract from NCPOC, COC recently acquired six (6) Lamor ultra-shallow water landing crafts (LWO 14000) which were supplied to NCOC operating agent NCPOC in Atyrau at the new base in Damba,” says Dauren Madin, CEO of the parent company JSC Circle Maritime Invest.

Based in Almaty, COC is a 100% private Kazakhstani entity with operation offices establish in Aktau, Bautino, Astrakhan, Ashgabad, and Turkmenbashi. Currently, the company manages the total fleet of 48 vessels, including 23 vessels belonging to “oil majors”, shareholders in NCOC.

“Although this contract is outside of COC usual time charter scope of work, it had provided new impulse to our relationship with Lamor, guiding us to securing the Agency Agreement between our organizations, which was signed in late 2014, allowing COC to represent exclusively Lamor and their products in Kazakh market. This is indeed helping us to raise COC profile in the OSR market in the Caspian, as well as it is giving Lamor new set of opportunities in promoting their products in the market” says Madin.

COC’s fleet is certified in accordance with ISM Code, while Company’s Quality and Environmental Management Systems are approved and certified by Moody International as compliant with ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 standards.

Multipurpose workboat for use in very shallow waters

The Lamor LWO 14000 is a robust workboat based on the landing craft concept made of high grade marine aluminum with heavy duty hydraulic bow ramp. “The landing craft is designed and tested for excellent and effortless sea handling and maneuverability,” says Lamor’s Steve Reilly, VP Global Business.
The V-shaped hull, keel and stringers give stability in open waters, while its 0.4 m draft allows it to be utilized for many operations in very shallow waters. The landing craft has a high cargo capacity of 3,000 kg to transport equipment, personnel, and various emergency response gear.
“Moreover, these special landing crafts have a wide open deck space with a strong bow door for easy access and deployment operations. The onboard crane on the starboard side of the deck gives these vessels the ability to raise and lower equipment onboard anywhere and deploy oil skimming systems over the side. The temperature controlled wheelhouse has excellent 360º visibility,” Reilly explains.

Lamor delivers three oil recovery vessels to Transneft

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In the end of June, Lamor delivered three oil recovery vessels to Transneft’s subsidiary DalNefteProvod. The vessels that were designed, built and tested by Lamor will be operated on the Amur River in the Russian Far East.

 

The 19 m workboats are ice class certified by Russian River Register (RRR). “The vessels are equipped with the renowned Lamor in-built oil recovery system (LORS), and they also have Free Floating Multiskimmers and Heavy Duty Oil booms onboard,” says Lamor’s Nikolai Kildishov, VP Russia & CIS. “In addition to oil spill response and recovery of floating garbage, the workboats will also be used for loading and transporting various goods with a total weight up to 5 tonnes each,” says Kildishov.

 

Main characteristics:

Length overall 19.0 m
Beam moulded 5.3 m
Lightship draft 1.2 m
Loaded draft 1.6 m
Speed 10 knots
Main engine 2 x Scania Diesel 405 kW
Oil Cargo tank capacity 20 m³

 

Press Release: Lamor Announces Investment in Ecuadorian Service Company Corena

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Lamor Corporation Ab made a significant investment in the Ecuadorian environmental service company, Corporación para los Recursos Naturales Corena S.A. (Corena).  Lamor purchased a minority shareholder position in the initial stage of the venture partnership with the prospect of becoming a majority owner.  This key acquisition is part of Lamor’s progressive growth strategy that focuses on the development of global services and advanced environmental solutions, including soil and water treatment and remediation.

“The recent investment in Corena enables Lamor to take a significant step forward in strengthening its global and local service faculties,” says Fred Larsen, President and CEO of Lamor Corporation.

The expansion of Lamor’s core business is essential to meet the demands of the market and Lamor’s mission to increase its capabilities to provide environmentally sound and commercially viable solutions for current and future clients.  Lamor has responded to the market demand for industrial waste treatment and land remediation by pioneering the testing of advanced waste technologies and implementing these solutions into start up and existing networks.  By expanding knowledge, expertise, and services through new partners and distributors Lamor has been able to develop these services locally and globally.

“Ecuador has very strict environmental legislation due to vast expanses of environmentally sensitive areas and its historical burden of environmental disasters.  Corena and Ecuador will provide optimal conditions to improve our progressive soil treatment technologies such as the non-additive Lamor Eko/Grid methodology. Land remediation demonstration projects have shown highly successful results not only in Ecuador but also in Colombia, Turkey, and China.  Established and future remediation projects in Ecuador can easily be replicated and implemented globally as they meet the highest remediation standards,” Larsen adds.

The recent establishment of the new business division, Lamor Soil & Water, in combination with this investment, will significantly strengthen the operational capabilities and remediation services provided by Lamor.  Larsen highlights, “Corena’s experience with remediation services will provide Lamor with a solid foundation to perform remediation service projects locally and worldwide.  Ecuador will also be an excellent location for a new Lamor hub in Latin America increasing Lamor’s global capabilities while providing support to recently established service operations in Peru.”

Santiago Gonzalez, General Manager of Corena S.A, says, “The investment from Lamor will enable Corena to make significant improvements in current and future operations to establish new environmental treatment centers, enhance its current centers and increase contingency equipment stockpiles in Ecuador. The partnership with Lamor will also allow us to introduce innovative and advanced technologies that have significant business potential to Ecuador and neighbouring countries.”

“We are currently working on several very interesting prospects in Ecuador and we are expecting that this investment shall have a significant impact on Lamor’s future growth,” adds Mika Pirneskoski, Sales and Development Director of Lamor’s Soil & Water division.

 

For further information, please contact:
Vesa Tiitinen
CFO, Lamor Corporation AB
Tel: +358 40 700 1917

Vesa.Tiitinen@Lamor.com

 

Mika Pirneskoski

Lamor Soil & Water Sales & Development Director

Tel: + 55 219 7456 5303

Mika.Pirneskoski@Lamor.com

 

Santiago Gonzalez

General Manager, Corena SA

Tel: + 593 997 892 729

sgonzalez@corena.com.ec

 

Company Profiles:

Lamor (Larsen Marine Oil Recovery) Corporation provides solutions for optimal oil spill prevention, response, recovery, and remediation.  Over the past three decades, Lamor has developed, manufactured, and supplied the most efficient and effective oil spill response technology worldwide.  Lamor focuses on supplying the highest quality of innovative prevention and recovery equipment and providing services for contingency planning, risk assessments, equipment maintenance and servicing, response training, and oil spill response support.  Lamor has over 110 employees located primarily in Finland, China and the USA with regional operations in Brazil, Oman, Peru, Russia, Turkey, and the UK.  The continuous development and strengthening of Lamor’s current market position has resulted in the recent expansion of the range of services that Lamor provides in addition to our core business.  These services include land remediation, drilling waste treatment, pipeline safety, and industrial solutions, along with an increase of local presence in locations where these solutions are needed.

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Corena (The Corporation for Natural Resources, SA CORENA) established in 1983, is an Ecuadorian equipment company mainly focused on the oil and gas industry and the environmental sector.   Originally the company focused its action on the provision of equipment and materials for various industries with emphasis on the oil sector but then expanded its services in 2004 to include environmental services.   Committed to the development and sustainability of the country, Corena identified the need for an increase in environmental protection and pollution solutions and expanded its range of services to meet these needs.  The company is committed to customer satisfaction, prevention of environmental pollution, workplace safety, and occupational health.  Corena’s employs over 100 people in Ecuador and has been working jointly with Lamor for the past 10 years.

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Operation Ollie’s Folly

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In July 2014, operation ‘Ollie’s Folly’ was initiated by Woodside, Australia’s largest independent oil and gas company, based in Perth, Western Australia. The mission of Ollie’s Folly was an exercise in oil spill response (OSR) coupled with training and preparedness with newly acquired Lamor equipment.

Woodside operates several significant oil and gas installations in Dampier in the north-west of Western Australia. Dampier Port, a major industrial port located in the Dampier archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is a sealed and zoned off area specifically for Ollie’s Folly and diverted regular vessel traffic around the busy port.

As a result of the Gulf of Mexico incident and the Montara spill, a global overhaul in OSR preparedness has been carried out due to the long-term and significant impacts these spills had and still have.

Woodside’s success is not only based on the oil and gas produced, but on doing what is right and continuously investing in capability and competence such as the Ollie’s Folly exercise.

Woodside has an extensive portfolio of facilities in Australia which operates on behalf of some of the world’s major oil and gas companies. Woodside has been operating the landmark Australian project, the North West Shelf, since 1984 and it remains one of the world’s premier liquefied natural gas facilities. With the successful start-up of the Pluto LNG Plant in 2012, Woodside currently operate six of the seven LNG processing trains in Australia.

 

Input for output

 Operation Ollie’s Folly was a success – responders worked efficiently and seamlessly together while operating the OSR equipment and scenario. Moreover, participants representing various oil and gas OSR functions actively took part or provided input and guidance. Woodside’s responsibility is to minimize the risks for oil spill and to effectively contain and recover oil in the unlikely event of a major incident.

The Lamor Heavy Duty (HDB 1500) offshore inflatable booms and the Lamor Minimax 12 (LMM 12) multiskimmer with a VX100-64 pump system were deployed successfully. The HDB 1500 booms came on a reel and utilizing the LPP 14 diesel hydraulic power pack with a HAB 200 air blower. The LMM 12 skimming systems also ran off a separate LPP 14 power pack, and had an additional disc module that could be used instead of the standard brush module.  The brush module could be used for various viscous oils and the disc module would typically be used in lighter oils.

Lamor’s Steve Reilly, VP Global Business, describes the deployment of equipment: “200 meters of the HDB booms were deployed off the stern of the vessel and the support vessel, MV Go Latitude, was used to assist with towing the HDB booms into a “J” shape configuration for simulating the collection of spill oil on the surface.”

“After the “J” shape was formed, the LMM 12 multiskimmer was deployed over the side and into the apex of the “J” shape, where collected oils would be concentrated during an actual OSR incident.  The HDB booms and the LMM 12 operated very well and feedback from responders was that the equipment was easy to deploy and operate,” Reilly explains.

 

Offshore support 

“The vessel MV Mermaid Voyager, owned and operated by Mermaid Marine Australia (MMA), was a perfect vessel to utilize for this exercise, and their crew was very professional and helpful,” says Reilly. “Moreover, the HDB booms were deployed off the stern of the vessel and the support vessel, MV Go Latitude, was used to assist with towing the booms.”

Woodside has four vessels for oil floating production storage and offloading that are located in the Carnarvon Basin, North West Shelf and Timor Sea. This is the largest owner-operated fleet in Australia with an excellent track record of efficiently and safely producing from current fields.

 

A history of energy

In 2014, Woodside celebrated the company’s 60th anniversary, 30 years of domestic gas production and 25 years of LNG exports. Woodside was established a year after Australia’s first oil discovery, the 1953 Rough Range find near Exmouth in Western Australia. The company took its name from the small town of Woodside in Australia’s southern-most mainland state, Victoria, with plans to explore a 520 sq. km strip of land along Ninety Mile Beach in the South Gippsland region.

Exploration drilling began in 1967 and major gas and condensate discoveries were made in 1971 at Scott Reef, 425 km North of Broome, and North Rankin and Angel, North of Dampier in Western Australia. In 1972, the Goodwyn gas and condensate field was discovered to the West of North Rankin, and today Woodside is a major oil and gas player globally.

 

Controlled risk management

Woodside recognizes that strong environmental performance is essential to success and continued growth. Woodside is committed to managing activities to reduce the adverse effects on the environment.

Monitoring is part of Woodside’s modus operandi. Woodside sets internal targets that challenge the company to improve environmental performance over time, while also reporting environmental performance openly and transparently. Hands on exercises such as Ollie’s Folly are an essential part of minimizing risks and being prepared to handle the unlikely event of an oil spill, expeditiously and efficiently. Investments in new equipment, such as Lamor’s arsenal of OSR equipment, are testimony to that effort.

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Webstore Launched

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The Lamor Expertise webstore offers a wide range of top quality products including personal protective equipment,clothing and accessories.

The Lamor Expertise network is combining the know-how of Scandinavian top quality manufacturers from various areas and Lamors expertise in oil spill response. By combining our strengths and listening to our customers we have been able to come up with top quality state of the art products to fulfill the demands of the OSR industry.
The Lamor Expertise products are designed to perform to the highest standards combining high quality tailoring with technical performance.
Our Expertise network includes top quality manufacturers such as Blaklader, Ursuit, Savotta and Suunto.
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Lamor Corporation and SCATMAN Ltd. Develop Oil Spill Mobile Application

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Helsinki, November 6, 2014 – Lamor Corporation and SCATMAN Ltd. have signed a cooperation agreement for the development of an exclusive mobile application to support the service actions of Lamor’s oil spill response equipment. Moreover, as a part of the agreement Lamor will promote and sell SCATMAN’s electronic tools for oil spill preparedness and response worldwide.

Lamor’s new mobile service application will recognize Lamor’s equipment with an innovative matrix barcode known as a Quick Response Code (QR-code) embedded in the device which transmits the service actions needed for maintenance and continued long-term operational usage and performance of the Lamor equipment.

Completed service operations are confirmed in the mobile application and then updated to the device’s service history in the database. Equipment locations with service status and updates are also displayed on a global map. The new tailored Lamor maintenance and service application will utilize the SCATMAN service platform.

SCATMAN tools have been customized also for SCAT method (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique) that is used for oil spill preparedness and response planning. SCATMAN’s approach substitutes manual on location field data collection with the new mobile application that transfers the collected SCAT data automatically with precise location coordinates and photos to web-service and map-based presentation. Lamor will promote and market the SCAT method as part of Lamor’s oil spill response services.

Lamor and SCATMAN will demonstrate the new Lamor Service Application at the upcoming CleanGulf exhibition in San Antonio, Texas (USA), December 2-4, 2014.

For more information: global.lamor.com www.scatman.fi

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Lamor Nearshore Workshop and Equipment Demo Days

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On September 10-11, 2014 Lamor Corporation organized a Workshop and Equipment Demonstration for nearshore operations for over 100 participants from 26 countries from around the world: Australia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad, Turkey, UK and USA.

A panel of distinguished experts in oil spill response and recovery at the event was chaired by the European Maritime Safety Agency’s (EMSA) Victor Diaz Seco, Head of Section – Response Assistance Pollution Response Services Unit. Other panel members were Jan Fälteke, Swedish Coastguard (SKB), Kalervo Jolma, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and Nick Quinn, Australian Marine Oil Spill Center (AMOSC).

Top topics covered:
– Strategic locations for nearshore protection
– Contingency planning for southern Finland
– Nearshore protection in Sweden
– The Godafoss case

Having input from around the world was considered extremely valuable resulting in current and rewarding exchanges and challenges pursuant to nearshore oil spill recovery and clean-up operations. A consortium of representatives bring varying geographical expertise, knowledge and experiences on how best to tackle an oil spill effectively to preserve eco-systems and guard against the impacts of such incidents.

The equipment demonstrations provided useful and appreciated hands-on experience. Lamor displayed its arsenal of nearshore oil spill response equipment, including the Minimax 25 and Multiskimmer, Rock Cleaner, power packs, pumps as well as a series of Lamor Oil Booms.

The Lamor Umbilical Hose Reel System and the new Lamor Boom Bag were deployed. The Landing Crafts, Seahunter Work Platforms and Shallow Water Oil Recovery Catamaran with Bow Collector were deployed and participants could try out their efficiency and flexibility during an incident.

The Lamor facility tour introduced innovations such as the Lamor EKO/GRIDTM Land Remediation concept, the Industrial Skimmer and the oil tank testing for skimmers and pumps.

Ultimately these events prove to be beneficial and constructive, and Lamor will continue organizing them with themes focusing on Arctic and offshore operations in the near future.

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