Spill Response and Recovery: Past, Present and Future

Spill Response and Recovery: Past, Present and Future

Spill response and recovery are an integral and necessary part of the maritime industry. In spill response we see ghosts of vessels past, consequences of the present and glimpses into the future of industry actions. Understanding how industry experts are managing these situations, as well as how researchers are working to create solutions can better inform planning for future incidents. These three case studies demonstrate adaptation to unconventional spill response and recovery efforts. Thousand Steps Beach, Orange County, California Recent headlines on spill response have focused on the multiple beach closures in Southern California caused by an anchor-dragging incident months…
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Oil Spill Response 2021:  Changes & Challenges

Oil Spill Response 2021: Changes & Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic slowed some aspects of the commercial maritime industry in 2020, particularly in the early months of the coronavirus’ emergence. But less than a year later, much of the industry returned to business as usual. In addition to that degree of normalcy, an unfortunate byproduct of maritime operations has also returned – spills of oil and other substances from commercial vessels. But since COVID hasn’t completely disappeared, responders to such spills have to take an even more measured approach to how they handle such situations. Pacific Maritime spoke with a number of spill response industry professionals about various…
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