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October 27 2014

International cooperation during oiled wildlife response in Chile

Responders from Brazil and Argentina were called in to assist with an oiled wildlife incident in Chile after a small spill at an oil terminal.  On 24 September 2014, the MT Mimosa lost 22,000 litres of oil at a Quintero Bay, Chile terminal. In the wake of the spill 36 live and 13 dead birds, including pelicans, grebes and cormorants, were collected.

October 8 2014

Mark your calendar: 12th International Effects of Oil on Wildlife, May 2015

Oiled wildlife response specialists will gather in Anchorage, Alaska the week of 18-22 May for the 12th conference on the Effects of Oil on Wildlife. Visit the conference website (link below) to receive updates on this important event.

October 7 2014

Improving safety of navigation in the polar regions

A Polar Code is being developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to regulate maritime transport in the extreme conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic. The draft code will be reviewed at the next Maritime Safety Committee meeting, to be held in November 2014. The IMO is consulting with the Arctic Council in developing this document, as shipping and oil and gas exploration increase in that region.

September 23 2014

EU’s Kill-Spill Project aims to enhance natural bioremediation of oil spills

Much has been made of the role that marine microorganisms can, and sometimes do, play in the breakdown of oil after a spill. Scientists around the world are looking at ways to improve the efficiency of this process. One such initiative is the EU funded Spill-Kill.

September 17 2014

Baltic Sea aerial surveillance helps reduce illegal discharge of oil

Coordinated Extended Pollution Control Operations (CEPCOs) are just one aspect of HELCOM’s pollution monitoring in the Baltic Sea, but these operations act as a deterrent to the illegal discharge of oil and other pollutants from ships. The most recent CEPCO, carried out by aircraft from Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Sweden, found no spills over a 27-hour period.

September 11 2014

Two oil spills in Mexico affecting birds and other wildlife

Thieves tapping an oil pipeline are being blamed for a spill of 4,000 barrels of crude oil into the San Juan River near Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo León on 16 August 2014. Initial reports on the impacts on wildlife are scarce, however, the area is known for its biodiversity and serves as a stopover for migratory waterbirds.

September 9 2014

EU funding for CleanSeaNet continues through 2020

Thieves tapping an oil pipeline are being blamed for a spill of 4,000 barrels of crude oil into the San Juan River near Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo León on 16 August 2014. Initial reports on the impacts on wildlife are scarce, however, the area is known for its biodiversity and serves as a stopover for migratory waterbirds.

August 25 2014

Port of Long Beach supports International Bird Rescue’s work

International Bird Rescue (IBR), a highly respected US oiled wildlife response organisation, is partnering with the Port of Long Beach to highlight the need to care for and protect marine wildlife and coastal habitat in southern California. The partnership is part of the Port of Long Beach Green Port Policy efforts to improve and restore local wetlands such as the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

August 19 2014

Study looks at how oil breaks down in the first hours after a spill at sea

A team of international researchers led by the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), has conducted a real-time study of the breakdown of oil during the first 24 hours after a spill. The results were then compared to a model that the team had developed to predict the ways in which the oil changes and how various components enter the water column and atmosphere.

July 25 2014

Draft Oil Spill Response Strategy shows progress on wildlife response in New Zealand

Maritime New Zealand, the agency tasked with oversight of oil spill preparedness and response in that country, has issued a draft of the New Zealand Marine Oil Spill Response Strategy 2014 for comment. The response strategy document is reviewed regularly and updated as needed. The experience gained during the MV Rena grounding in 2011has helped to shape the updated document.