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BSEE OSRD Chief and USCG Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy Chief 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.

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.

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. The program can be viewed here . The Ohmsett segment starts around the 6:45 mark.

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's exhibit on the conference floor, Booth #224 , will showcase the latest testing, training, and research conducted at its facility. Stop by our booth to discuss your requirements and future projects.

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.  The program can be viewed here . The Ohmsett segment starts at about the 4.28 mark. 

Ohmsett to Exhibit at the Clean Gulf 2013 Conference in Tampa, FL
Ohmsett will be exhibiting in at the Clean Gulf 2013 Conference & Exhibition, November 13-14 at the Tampa Convention Center. Clean Gulf provides best practices and solutions to help you better prepare, prevent and respond to an oil spill or maritime incident.

Ohmsett will have an exhibit in Booth 414. Stop by to discuss how we can help you with your testing, training, and research needs.  As our special guest, we have arranged for you to attend the Clean Gulf Exhibition for FREE!  To take avantage of our offer, simple register online using the VIP code OHMSETT3.  With this pass, you will be able to: access the exhibit hallf for two days; attend the Keynote and Mega Sessions on Wednesday morning to hear best practices and trends in the industry; and network at the reception on the exhibit floor on Wednesday evening.

Plan now to attend the spill industry event of the year, where key professionals and decision makers come toether to discuss the latest trends and best practises in response operations.  Stop by the Ohmsett Booth 414 to say hello. 

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.

MAR, Inc. Selected as Contractor for the Operation and Maintenance of Ohmsett
Rockville, MD  - MAR Incorporated has been awarded a contract by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) for the maintenance and operation of Ohmsett  - the National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility in Leonardo, NJ. The contract has a base year and four option years.
MAR has provided Operations and Maintenance for the Ohmsett facility since 1991, assisting in facilitating research and testing projects and training programs, in addition to conducting facility repairs and upgrades. MAR is a professional services firm based in Rockville, MD specializing in Systems Engineering and Integration, Intelligence and Special Programs, Facilities Management, Marine Services, and Cyber Security/Information Technology.

"We are thrilled to be able to continue providing quality support to BSEE and the premier oil spill response testing facility in the world," said MAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mike Norcio. "Our strong desire is to provide exceptional customer service to BSEE and those who use the Ohmsett facility for research, testing, and training."

Under the new contract, MAR will continue to provide the support to BSEE in providing a testing facility that strengthens awareness of oil spill prevention and response methods, and ongoing developments in marine renewable energy, while also providing an environmentally-safe venue to conduct objective testing.