Offshore Response Systems for Contingency Planning

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					  Offshore Response Systems in
reference of bioremediation Tech.

An oil spill is a release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into
the environment due to human activity or any accident, and is a
form of pollution. Oil spills include releases of crude oil from
tankers, offshore platforms , drilling rigs and wells, as well as
spills of refined petroleum products(such as gasoline, diesel) and
their by-products, and heavier fuels used by large ships such as
bunker fuel, or the spill of any oily refuse or waste oil.
So, Oil spills are a major menace to the environment which they
severely damage the surrounding ecosystems.
In case of oil spillage, it is required to have an effective oil
management systems, oil spillage emergency response team and
national contingency plan for prompt action against this pollution
during oil spillage accident
Offshore Response Systems

 The prime focus of oil spill countermeasures activities is in prevention
 and planning. This is achieved through well-designed equipment, good
 maintenance and operating procedures, sound training techniques, and
 a high degree of awareness and concern at all levels by employees and
 management. Prevention and mitigation measures should plan for any
 accidents include: 24-hour manned automated monitoring for any kind
 of oil spillage, leak detection systems in pipelines & tank farm areas,
 visual monitoring, and emergency shut down systems for storage and
 transportation systems.
 During accident all concerned agencies should take positive measures
  to deal with the oil spills within their area and stringent preventive &
  controlled actions, viz; vessel control with modern equipments with
  proper port inspection. Agencies should have an effective oil spill
  response systems.
 There should be mandatory audit of Tier-1,tier-2 & Tier-3 facilities
  supported by legal rules surveillance systems by ports against illegal
  discharge area of responsibility for oil spill response, standarization of
  inventory for all tiers capabilities, promulgation of optimum response
  time for responding to oil spills by offshore installation operator and
  formation of committee to address oil spill response
Offshore Response option decision
Offshore response options include:
 Surveillance and tracking
 Mechanical containment and recovery
 Chemical dispersion
 In-situ burning
 Modern tools & equipments
 Bioremediation
1-Surveillance and tracking
 A systems of surveillance for oil spill should be developed to stop it at
  the early stage, before it pollutes the coastline beaches.
 An accurate assessment and evaluation of oil spill incident is essential
  prior to any appropriate spill control and clean up procedure and
  response can be activated. The basic issues need to be addressed
  towards a realistic assessment of the nature and size of the possible
  threat and of the resources most at risk bearing in mind the probable
  movement and expected trajectory of the spill as controlled by the
  forces of nature.
 OSC/OCA should to expeditiously deploy an aircraft from the nearest
  Coast Guard in case of accident. The aerial surveillance report should
  amplify such information as extent of spill blanket, spill profile, type of oil
  spill, identify source of spill, assess geographical features of land,
  identify potential ecological sensitive areas adjoining the area of spill
  and marine weather parameters to verify predictions. The surveillance
  may utilize IR/UV coverage to record ground realities of spill for analysis
2-Mechanical containment
and recovery
 Mechanical recovery, or the physical removal of oil from the
  environment, is the method that is usually perceived as the least
  harmful to the environment. However, mechanical recovery usually is
  able to recover only a small fraction of the spilled oil. Experience has
  indicated that recovery of more than 20% of the original spill volume is
  seldom achieved in marine spills. In fact, in open water under strong
  current and wind conditions, recovery of only to 10% is not uncommon.
  Therefore, mechanical recovery is normally used in conjunction with
  other methods. In its simplest form, mechanical recovery relies on a
  skimmer capable of removing oil from the surface of the water and
  pumping it to a storage vessel for subsequent treatment and disposal.
 There are two types of oil, persistent and non-persistent. Oil spill
  response techniques are based on the type of oil. Mechanical recovery
  is the best option, but needs to be applied quickly, preferably within six
  hours, before spilled oil can spread and emulsify through the action of
  the waves. Application of dispersant and type of dispersant needs to
  follow the guidelines issued by the EPA & MOEF. Dispersant chemicals
  should have a toxicity test and be certified by a recognized laboratory as
  approved by the proposed Entity.
3-Chemical dispersion
  Chemical dispersants are used to break oil slicks into fine
  droplets that then disperse into the water column. This prevents
  oil from being driven by wind and currents toward shore and
  promotes its biodegradation at sea. Key aspects of dispersant
  use are listed below-
 Dispersants should be considered for use with other potential spill
  response methods and equipment, and not as a last resort.
 For maximum effectiveness, dispersants should be applied as
  soon as possible after a spill. During the early stages of a spill,
  the oil is unweathered and less spread out, making it easier to
4-Insitu Burning

 In-situ burning (burning oil in place) can quickly eliminate large
  quantities of spilled oil. Spill response planners now recognize
  that there are various situations where controlled in-situ burning
  can be conducted quickly, safely and efficiently. Significant
  advances in techniques and equipment for in-situ burning have
  been made in recent years.
 The in-situ burning of spilled oil offers the following advantages:
 Burning removes large quantities of oil rapidly and efficiently.
 Burning can prevent or minimize the amount of oil that reaches
 Burning can often be used in situations where skimming is
  physically or logistically impossible.
 Burning greatly reduces the need for storage and disposal
  facilities near the slick area.
 In-situ burning by containing the spilled oil with a fire resistant
  boom is an accepted technology but rarely applied due to
  difficulty in application and safety reasons
5-Modern offshore
response system
 (a) Some of the tools used to control oil in a spill include ‘booms’, which
  are floating barriers used to clean oil from the surface of water and to
  prevent slicks from spreading. A boom can be placed around the tanker
  that is spilling oil. Booms collect the oil off the water. A boom may be
  placed somewhere before an oil spill. They can also be placed around
  an entrance to the ocean, like a stream. They also can be placed
  around a habitat with many animals living there. These booms absorb
  any oil that flows around it.
 The workers can also use skimmers. Skimmers are boats that can
  remove the oil off the water. Skimmers which use pumps or vacuums to
  remove oil as it float on water.
 Smart sponge booms & Skimmer-It is an unique Oeliophylic Polymer
  which is chemically selective to absorb Oil & other hydrocarbons.
 It encapsulates Oil & hydrocarbon, resulting in substantially more
  effective response that prevent absorbed oil from leaching. Once the oil
  is absorbed, the Smart sponge transform the pollutants into a stable
  solid for easy recycling, providing a close loop solution to water pollution
  in a sea or effected area.
 Physical methods are used to clean up shorelines. Natural processes
  such as evaporation, oxidation, and biodegradation can start the
  cleanup process, but are generally too slow to provide adequate
  environmental recovery. Physical methods, such as wiping with sorbent
  materials, pressure washing, and raking and bulldozing can be used to
  assist these natural processes.
 Gelling Agents-Gelling agents, also known as solidifiers, are chemicals
  that react with oil to form rubber-like solids. With small spills, these
  chemicals can be applied by hand and left to mix on their own. For
  treating larger spills, the chemicals are applied to the oil, then mixed in
  by the force of high-pressure water streams. The gelled oil is removed
  from the water using nets, suction equipment, or skimmers, and is
  sometimes reused after being mixed with fuel oil.
 Scare tactics are used to protect birds and animals by keeping them
  away from oil spill areas. Devices such as propane scare-cans, floating
  dummies, and helium-filled balloons are often used, particularly to keep
  away birds.
Oil spill response equipment:
 The maintenance and service of oil spill response equipment are
  important functions to ensure their readiness for immediate
  response. Most equipment is manufactured and supplied by the
  overseas parties. It is, therefore, difficult to get any assistance
  from the indigenous source for their repair or maintenance during
  the emergency.
The below are the following facilities, equipments,
and technologies which could be the reasons of
better response system in case of oil spill
1-Bioremediation      2-Insitu burning       3-Oil skimmers      4-sorbents
                      with fire proof

5-Oil booms           6-Oil recovery         7-debris recovery   8-oil spill kits

9-Bildge waste        10-crocodile           11-power packs      12-incinerator
collection            drenger

13-pumps              14-vacuum              15-ancillary        16-oil/water
                      systems                equipments          separator

17-hyper absorbent peat moss could clean up oil spills
 Bioremediation consists of using living organisms like bacteria,
  fungi, actinomycetes, cynobacteria and to a lesser extent plants,
  to clean toxic pollutants. These organisms may be naturally
  occurring or genetically modified in a laboratory. These
  microorganisms eat up the pollutant or assimilate. Bioremediation
  harnesses this natural process by promoting the growth or rapid
  multiplication of these organisms that can either effectively
  degrade or eat specific contaminants and convert them to non
  hazardous bi-products. Bioremediation is an ecofriendly approach
  and state of the art technique that employs natural biological
  process for complete elimination of hazardous pollutants.
 ANALYSIS: Each year approximately 1 million tonnes of oil
  enters the environment through natural petroleum leaks .At these
  volumes and concentrations, ocean bacteria breaks down all oil
  because the rate of release from natural oil seeps is low.
  However, during man-made spills, the amount of oil can
  overwhelm the natural microbial community, allowing it to spread
  and wash ashore, causing substantial environmental and
  ecological problems
Types of bioremediation:

 Biostimulation provides nutrients and suitable physiological
  conditions for the growth of the cultivated microbial populations.
  This promotes increased metabolic activity, which then degrades
  the pollutants.
 Bioaugmentation means introduction of specific blends of
  laboratory–cultivated microorganism into a contaminated
  environment or into a bioremediation pit to initiate the process.
Why Use Bioremediation:
 Bioremediation is environment safe, enhanced natural process
  that consumes hydrocarbons and converts them to non-
  hazardous residues.
 There are no other pollution generation as it is a clean technology
  and it reduces the disposal costs.
 Treated contaminants can be used as a bio fertilizer in agriculture
  or as a substitute to farm yard manure and as a soil amendment
  to improve soil texture.
 It is the most economically feasible method for the safe
  disposal of the oily sludge as compared to the other options
  including incineration and an engineered landfill site.
 This technique is not only cost-effective but resource-productive
  as well; by producing saleable manure as an end product
 The technique of bioremediation also helps in avoiding the
  harmful emissions of the dioxins from the incinerator.
 Instead of transforming contaminants from one medium to
  another. It totally eliminates the target chemical without any
  adverse effects.
 Can be done either on-site of off-site.
Ramsorb: Cleans oil pollutants
 Oil spills into the terrestrial & aquatic environments are common now, as
  we have seen 2-3 oil spills accident, caused due to collision of Msc
  Chitra & khalijia and MV Rak recently, ONGC pipe line leakage, tar ball
  occurrences at Goa beaches. However ,oil spill occur in our harbours,
  inside or outside refinery premises, due to leakage from pipelines, due
  to accidents of oil carrying tankers etc.
 Both the problems of devastating oil spill and oily sludge from refineries
  can be dealt with using Ramsorb. It is effective, low cost, leaves behind
  no side effects residues. RAMSORB is a hydrocarbon absorbent
  product that contains indigenous petroleum-digesting bacteria within its
  cellulose structure. The unique encapsulation properties of RamSorb
  augment wicking of hydrocarbons from surrounding soil when mixed by
  tilling. The hydrocarbons remain encapsulated until degradation is
  complete while preventing leaching to surrounding soils.
 Ramsorb is a modified cellulosic fibre containing oil eating bacteria with
  all necessary ingredients ,viz.; nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorous etc. It is
  activated by the addition of moisture, these bacteria have an ideal
  conditions within which to reproduce and rapidly accumulate to the
  available hydrocarbon food source.
 In bioremediation, no two situations are identical, making it very difficult
  to formulate recipe-type instructions for all cases; however a few
  standardized steps should be taken that will assure better than average
  success. if this procedure is followed, a minimal degradation of 40%
  should be achieved every 30 days. In optimal conditions, we‘ve
  achieved as much as 80-90% reduction in 30 days.
 Though the results from monitoring bioremediation applications were not
  unequivocally positive, they provided some very important pieces of
  information about bioremediation and its performance at oil spills.
 Data collected at the Mumbai oil Spill, due to an accident between Msc-
  chitra & khalijia, clearly showed that, bioremediation could not be
  measured in minutes or even hours, but only over a period of weeks to
  months. The difficulty in comparing oil concentrations in sediments
  between bioremediated and control sites & oil sticked on the vegetative
  surface of mangroves was a confounding factor in measuring
 Positive information gained about bioremediation was that background
  microbial degradation occurred at faster rates than many had expected,
  especially in the relatively normal or at cold temperatures. This fact was
  encouraging for those who support an approach of minimal intervention
  after oil spills as a viable option under certain circumstances
 Although bioremediation holds great promise for dealing with intractable
  environmental problems, it is important to recognize that much of this
  promise has yet to be realized. Specifically, much needs to be learned
  about how microorganisms interact with different hydrologic
  environments. As this under-standing increases, the efficiency and
  applicability of bioremediation will grow rapidly. Because of its unique
  interdisciplinary expertise in microbiology, hydrogeology, and
 So, It’s a most preferred and most viable technology to combat Oil or
  hydrocarbon pollution, only suitable and best response systems to
  giving any adverse effects on flora fauna & overall environment & this is
  a way to adopt the sustainable developments in country.
    Presented by: Safar Mohammad Khan
Green Apple Environmental Technologies-Delhi

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Description: The prime focus of oil spill countermeasures activities is in prevention and planning. This is achieved through well-designed equipment, good maintenance and operating procedures, sound training techniques, and a high degree of awareness and concern at all levels by employees and management. Prevention and mitigation measures should plan for any accidents include: 24-hour manned automated monitoring for any kind of oil spillage, leak detection systems in pipelines & tank farm areas, visual monitoring, and emergency shut down systems for storage and transportation systems