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New partnership formed for oil spill response

Wed 07 Mar 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

New partnership formed for oil spill response
Norlense boom and a Framo oil recovery unit can be combined to tackle oil slicks

A partnership has been formed to improve oil spill response at a time when tugs are expected to have a greater role in maritime emergency reaction and environmental protection.

Norwegian suppliers Framo, Maritime Partner, Norbit Aptomar, and NorLense have come together to offer a complete one-stop-shop oil spill response solution.

They have created the oil spill recovery vessel (OSRV) group, as Framo area manager for oil and gas pumping systems Jørgen Brandt Theodorsen said, to “pool our efforts and act as a total systems supplier of safe, highly functional, and well-tested technology”.

OSRV Group offers a package solution that covers everything from detection of oil slicks to the containment and recovery of a spill. It will enable conventional vessels and tugs to be converted to emergency oil-spill response support units.

It uses Norbit Aptomar’s radar and infrared camera technology to identify and map an oil slick. This can be contained with booms from NorLense and recovered onto a vessel with the Framo’s TransRec oil skimmer system. Maritime Partner’s high-speed vessels can be used for pulling equipment such as booms in position, working with tugs in a maritime emergency.

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