Rapid dispersant effectiveness monitoring equipment for oil spill response

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Qi, Xiubin; Helmond, Ian; Crooke, Emma; Sherlock, Matthew; Ross, Andrew; Lee, Ken; Irving, Paul


2015-01


Conference Material


38th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response, Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada., June 2-4, 2015


722-734


The project is a CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) -AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) co-investment research project aiming to develop a readily and rapidly deployable dispersant effectiveness monitoring system. The deployment of the kit is part of the national offshore oil spill response plan. Through this project, we have successfully completed all major milestones, which included literature review, sensor design and manufacture, towed platform development, laboratory meso scale assessment of sensors and field trial of the first prototype. The commonly used SMART (Special Monitoring Applied Response Technologies) kit, which was previously deployed after the Montara and Deep Water Horizon incidents, relies on the response increase of one fluorometer channel to give a qualitative indication of oil dispersion. In comparison, the new monitoring kit we developed contains multiple channels of chemical sensors. It is capable of providing in situ monitoring of property change of chemically dispersed oil in addition to overall increase of dispersed oil in water and therefore can yield more quantitative assessment of oil dispersant effectiveness. The towed platform that the sensors are mounted on has the unique flexibility to be deployed in two different modes for fixed depth (~1 m) subsurface water monitoring and water column profiling respectively.


AMOP


Maritime Engineering not elsewhere classified


EP174830


Conference Paper - Refereed


English


Qi, Xiubin; Helmond, Ian; Crooke, Emma; Sherlock, Matthew; Ross, Andrew; Lee, Ken; Irving, Paul. Rapid dispersant effectiveness monitoring equipment for oil spill response. In: 38th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response; June 2-4, 2015; Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.. AMOP; 2015. 722-734. http://hdl.handle.net/102.100.100/93360?index=1



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