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Ohmsett/BSEE Hosts High School Students as Part of Youth Initiative
As part of the US Department of the Interior’s commitment to bridging the gap between young people and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Ohmsett and BSEE hosted local high school students during this year’s Clean Gulf conference in San Antonio, Texas. Seniors from Brackenridge High School’s advanced placement environmental science class were invited as guests of Ohmsett and BSEE during the first day of the conference.

During the daylong activity students had the opportunity to attend
the keynote address and speak with representatives from
different government agencies. Experts with BSEE’s
Oil Spill
Preparedness Division explained their roles and how the bureau
uses the Ohmsett facility for research and advancement of oil spill
response technologies. Students were able to ask questions before
heading to the Exhibit Hall for more interaction with industry

Skimmers Tested to ASTM Standards
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has initiated the testing of stationary skimmer systems owned by BSEE and the U.S. Coast Guard. Skimmers will be tested at Ohmsett in multiple oil types to determine Oil Recovery Rate (ORR) and Oil Recovery Efficiency (ORE) using the ASTM F2709 Standard Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Recovery Skimmer Systems guidelines. The ASTM test is to give an indication of best possible performance of skimming systems in calm conditions. Results of the tests will be compared to skimmers' Nameplate Capacity; the number currently used to characterize skimmer performance.

During the months of June and July the skimmers tested at Ohmsett included the Elastec/American Marine TDS 118G drum skimmer, the CRUCIAL Inc. Mop Wringer, and the Lamor LWS 500 weir skimmer. Additional skimmers will be tested throughout the year.

Ohmsett Staff to Attend EnergyOcean 2014 in Atlantic City, NJ  
Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility staff will exhibit at EnergyOcean Conference June 3-5 at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This conference unites all segments of the offshore renewable energy industry with cutting edge conference sessions, an exhibition, and industry events.

Stop by the Ohmsett Booth #4 to learn how you can test your equipment in a simulated marine environment with waves. Only at Ohmsett's tow/wave tank will you find a full-scale facility that can give you the most accurate and reliable test results. For more detailed information, please visit our web site at www.ohmsett.com/energy.html.

BSEE and USCG Representatives Visit Ohmsett
On August 20, 2014, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcementt (BSEE) Oil Spill Response Division Chief David Moore, along with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy Chief Captain Claudio Gelzer and Lieutenant Commander Wes James viewed a skimmer vessel test, the first-of-its size, at Ohmsett.

The 42-foot long oil skimmer vessel was placed in the tank at Ohmsett to test its oil recovery rate.  The vessel, with an integrated skimmer, was shipped from France for the test.  Ohmsett Facility Manager Bill Schmidt was on-hand to coordiante the visitors' tour of the test, where he took the group both onboard the vessel and along the main and auxiliary bridges above the tank to view the test.  The group then visited the facility's onsite oil/water laboratory where Ohmsett Senior Test Engineer Alan Guarino talked about the oils and dispersants used during research experiments conducted at the facility.

Ohmsett Staff to Attend and Present at Clean Gulf 2014 in San Antonio, TX
Ohmsett staff will exhibit and present a paper at the Clean Gulf 2014 Conference & Exhibition, December 2-4 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Clean Gulf provides best practices and solutions to help you better prepare, prevent and respond to an oil spill or maritime incident.

Plan now to participate in the spill industry event of the year.  Attend Session 6C: Subsea Dispersants and Montitoring to hear about the Development of an Oil Delivery System to Create Neutrally Buoyant Oil Plumes and Test Methods for the Evaluation of Tracking Detection Systems.  Presented by Bill Schmidt and Dave DeVitis, they will discuss the developmental testing of an oil delivery system and the neutrally buoyant oil plume characteristics that were achieved in support of a Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard funded test.

DOI, BSEE and USCG Leaders Visit Ohmsett
On October 9, Janice Schneider, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, and Mary Landry, U.S. Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy, joined BSEE Director Brian Salerno and BSEE Deputy Director Margaret Schneider for a tour and demonstration at Ohmsett.

Paul Meyer, BSEE Ohmsett Manager, provided the group with an overview of facility capabilities, damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy and improvements being made to better prepare the facility to withstand severe weather involving high winds and storm surge. During the facility tour, the group had the opportunity to observe staff from Alaska Clean Seas (ACS), conduct hands-on training using mechanical response equipment. The tour also included a lab demonstration where Ohmsett Senior Test Engineer Alan Guarino showed how dispersants and herders can be used in spill response.

The Daily Planet Features Cold Water Dispersant Research At Ohmsett
Ohmsett was featured on Discovery Channel Canada's program The Daily Planet. The segment highlights the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Cold Water Dispersant project where researchers examined the effects of dispersants on Alaskan crude oil in cold water.

NPR Story Features Ohmsett
On March 24, 2014 National Public Radio (NPR) began a series of reports on the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez accident and spill. As part of the series, NPR Correspondent Jeff Brady visited Ohmsett to talk about the facility's contribution to oil spill research and technology. To listen to the program featuring Ohmsett , click here for: A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez.

Ohmsett Staff to Attend IOSC 2014 in Savannah, GA
Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility staff will exhibit and present a paper at the International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC), to be held at the Savannah Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia May 5-8, 2014.

IOSC is the ideal setting for the international response community to come together and explore the latest technology and best practices in response operations through the exchange of ideas and lessons learned from actual spill responses and research around the world.

Attend Session #13: Cutting Edge Techniques and Research 2 to hear about the Testing of Oil Recovery Skimmers in Ice during Ice Month at Ohmsett. This Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) funded test will be presented by Paul Meyer where he will discuss the 10 skimmers that were tested in various ice conditions using the ASTM F2709 Standard Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems.

Ohmsett Featured on Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet Series
Ohmsett was featured on Discovery Channel Canada's program The Daily Planet.  Filming took place as Elastec/Am erican Marine tested their TDS118G skimmer to the ASTM F2709 Standard Test Method for Determining Nameplate Recovery Rate of Stationary Oil Skimmer Systems. 

BSEE Sponsors "Ice Month" at Ohmsett
Herndon, VA - While there exists proven response equipment which can contain and recover oil spills from vessels, pipelines, and exploration and production facilities in offshore Arctic regions, there remains a need for its continuous testing and evaluation. To meet this need, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is sponsoring "Ice Month" at Ohmsett - the National Oil Spill Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility from February 18 - March 15, 2013.

During this unique event, mechanical response equipment currently used or being evaluated for use by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard will be tested in the tank under various simulated Arctic conditions using synthetic oil. Findings will be used to help improve mechanical response technologies, and to initiate the development of standards for the assessment of equipment recovery capabilities and efficiencies when used in broken ice environments.

Ohmsett Staff to Attend the 2015 Interspill Conference in Amsterdam
Ohmsett staff will exhibit at the Interspill 2015 Conference, www.interspill.com , to be held at the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands March 24-26, 2015. Featuring more than 90 companies from 70+ countries, the Interspill Conference will focus on the changing landscape of Spill Preparedness and Response as Exploration and Production and shipping activities continue to move into more challenging environments.

During the conference sessions, Tim Steffek of the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will present Compartive Testing of Four Dispersants at Ohmsett in a Simulated Arctic
. Mr. Steffek will discuss the independent dispersant effectiveness test program conducted at during the winter of 2014 to better understand the effectiveness of various dispersants and the comparative study.

Ohmsett's exhibit on the conference floor, Booth (Stand) #A11, will showcase the latest skimmer testing, full-scale dispersant effectiveness testing and research conducted at its facility.

Ohmsett Dispersant Evaluation Results Presented at the 2015 Interspill Conference in Amsterdam
From March 24-26 the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Ohmsett participated in the Interspill 2015 Conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Timothy Steffek, BSEE Research Specialist, spoke at the March 24th Dispersant Issues session, which reviewed best practices of
dispersant application in difficult environments. Steffek presented his
research on how various dispersant products could perform in harsh arctic
conditions, which was conducted at the Ohmsett. Click here for the paper.

In addition, Ohmsett staff manned a booth on the exhibit floor providing
visitors with information on Ohmsett's mission to increase oil spill response
capability through independent and objective performance testing of equip-

Interspill is hosted by the Spill Response Group Holland and controlled by a number of European spill industry associations. The conference, held every three years, hosts over 1,300 delegates, visitors and exhibitors from over 70 countries.


Ohmsett Staff to Attend Clean Pacific 2015 in Vancouver, BC
Ohmsett staff will exhibit at the Clean Pacific Exhibition June 17-18 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. Co-hosted by the member agencies of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, Clean Pacific covers a wide range of prevention, preparedness and response topics, with a focus on the growth in crude transportation across the West. It provides a forum for responders, operators, regulators, equipment providers and environmental groups to openly discuss best practices and industry trends.

Ohmsett staff will be in Booth 306 on the exhibit floor providing visitors with information on Ohmsett's mission to increase oil spill response capability through independent and objective performance testing of equipment. As our special guest, we have arranged for you to attend the Clean Pacific Exhibition at no cost! To take advantage of this offer simply register online using the VIP code 15OHM. Make sure to stop by our booth to discuss your requirments and future projects, and say hello to Bill and Jane.

Congressional Delegates Tour Ohmsett 
On April 17, 2015, four congressional staff members toured Ohmsett. The visitors included; Clayton Allen of the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee, Devin Helfirch of Senator Allen Lowenthal's office and the Sustainable Energy Committee, John Seale of Representative Steve Scalise's office, and Matt Schafle of the House Natural Resource Committee. During the visit, Paul Meyer, BSEE Ohmsett manager presented a summary of the Oil Spill Preparedness Division's research projects, and led a tour of the test basin, wave generator, and storm remediation and mitigation projects. Ohmsett Senior Test Engineer Alan Guarino provided them with an overview of the facility's oil spill response research, testing, and training capabilities, and a dispersant demonstration in the oil/water chemistry lab.