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US Coast Guard and US Navy VIPs Tour Ohmsett
On May 18, 2016 Captain Anthony Popiel, US Coast Guard Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy, and Captain Jay Steingold, Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Earle toured the Ohmsett facility where John Delia, Ohmsett Program Manager and Dave DeVitis, Ohmsett Test Director provided an overview of the facility's capabilities.  After the tour, Captain Popiel had the opportunity to observe the USCG Oil Spill Response Training Course where USCG members went through rotations of five different response stations.

Ohmsett Staff to Attend Clean Pacific 2016 in Seattle, WA
Ohmsett staff will exhibit at the Clean Pacific Exhibition  June 21-23 at The Conference Center – Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. CLEAN PACIFIC covers spill prevention & response for marine, inland waterways, rail and pipeline. It provides a forum for stakeholders involved in Government, Environmental, Emergency Planning and Response to discuss lessons-learned, hear best practices, and view new products and solutions from a variety of companies.

Ohmsett will be in Booth 411 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 for FREE! To take advantage of this offer simply register online using the VIP code OHMS16. Make sure to stop by Booth 411 to discuss your testing requirements and meet our new Program Manager, John Delia. 

Oil Spill Response Strategies & Tactics Training
Training at Ohmsett takes the learning from the classroom, to the 2.6 million gallon wave/two tank.  That's where students receive hands-on training with the latest spill response equipment and techniques used in the field.

With emphasis is on practical experience in full-scale oil recovery operations in the Ohmsett tank, Studens can increase their proficiency using boom and skimmers while practicing removing spilled oil.  The combined classroom/tank exercise training provides respone teams the skills to work more safely, operate more effecitively, and make better decisions in the field. 

The course is presented in partnership with Texas A&M University National Spill Control School (NSCS) and will be offered August 29-31, 2016.  At the competion of the course, students will receive an NSCS Certificate of Completion.  Click here to register.

Ohmsett Staff to Exhibit at Clean Gulf 2015 in New Orleans, LA
Ohmsett will be exhibiting at the Clean Gulf Conference & Exhibition, November 10-12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Clean Gulf provides a forum for responders, operators, regulators, equipment providers and environmental groups to openly discuss best practices and lessons-learned.

Stop by Ohmsett's exhbit in Booth #307 to learn how you can test your equipment in a simulated marine environment with oil and waves. Only at Ohmsett's outdoor wave and tow tank will you find a full-scale facility that can give you the most accurate and reliable test results to improve the performance and efficiency of your equipment.

As our special guest, we have arranged for you to attend the Clean Gulf Exhibition for free! To take advantage of this offer, simply register online using the VIP code MAR15.  With this registration you will have access the exhibit hall for 2 days to meet with over 150 companies, be able to attend three General Sessions, and attend the networking reception on Wednesday evening.

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.

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 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/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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Diminishing Slick Testing of Skimmers
During the months of March and May 2016, BSEE and Ohmsett personnel conducted independent performance testing of two oleophiic skimming systems to better understand the relationship between Oil Recovery Rates and Recovery Efficiencies in varying oil slick thicknesses. 

ASTM F2709, the standard for testing the performance of stationary skimmers in calm water conditions, calls for testing in 3-2 inches of oil in order to create the ideal conditions necessary to measure a skimming system's maximum performance. However, in an actual oil spill it is likely that a skimmer will be operating in a thinner range of oil thicknesses. In this test series, a drum and disc skimmer were tested to ASTM F2709, as well as in various other oil slick thicknesses ranging from 2-inchs to 1/8-inch using a standard refined test oil.

This series of experiements is the first of its kind and represents a continuation of basic research data associated with quantifying skimmer performance with varying test parameters.