Oil is an essential commodity powering the transportation and energy needs of the world. However, it not present across all parts of the world. Only, few countries have oil reserves, and they transport the surplus oil to needed countries mostly through water routes. Additionally, oil is not only found in the land but also in ocean floors. Hence, oil exploration activities take place even in oceans. All such transportation and extraction activities pose a particular risk of the oil spill which not only harms the marine life but also pollutes the environments and affects the humans. Recently, there was a massive oil spill after an Iranian tanker sunk in the East China Sea after a fiery collision. An almost invisible type of petroleum has affected important fishing grounds from China to Japan and beyond. It is not the first oil spill instance with many notable incidents such as Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon, and may indeed not be the last.
How are oil spills cleaned
- Oil dispersants using Corexit 9500 works almost the same way as dishwashing liquid. They break oil into tiny droplets which will then be consumed by naturally occurring bacteria
- Water-oil separation technique skims the surface of the water and manually collects floating oil
- An extreme attempt to remove the oil is to burn large areas of oil on the sea surface
- Hyper absorbent peat moss soaks up nasty oil slicks as it can be scattered on the spill to absorb the oil, and then scooped right out of the water along with the oil
Although it may seem simple, controlling oil spills and cleaning the oceans is a daunting task. But few companies in the world perform these tasks efficiently. So who are the top companies providing oil spill solutions?
Oil Spill Response
Oil Spill Response is the largest international oil spill solution provider that is funded by major global oil production companies worldwide. The company responds to oil spills wherever in the world they occur by providing preparedness and response and intervention services.
Key services: Consultancy, equipment leasing, training, and oil spill modeling
Notable oil spill projects: Exxon Valdez, Sea Empress, Prestige spill,
Polyeco’s portfolio is divided into two segments: oil spill response services and waste management services. The company provides services to end-user industries such as oil exploration and production companies.
Key services: Emergency spill response services, risk assessments and analysis, oil spill response, damaged and distressed cargo services.
Lamor is committed to oil spill response, recovery, and clean-up operations worldwide. Moreover, the company provides soil and water treatment services globally. Lamor has developed expertise in oils spill response and recovery, especially in the Arctic and offshore operations.
Key services: Arctic applications, offshore and shipboard systems, harbor, river, and shoreline applications, land remediation applications.
Notable oil spill projects: Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Godafoss oil spill in Norway, MV Runner 4 oil spill
NRC International has diversified portfolio that is divided into five major segments such as oil and gas, transportation, chemical, industrial, and power. The company provides services to end-user industries such as oil exploration and production companies, rail companies, and government sectors by managing large-scale response projects and spill events.
Key services: Global aerial dispersant program, pre-booming, standby, and dock-watch services, response equipment rental packages and solutions, camera inspection.
Notable oil spill projects: Deepwater Horizon
Marine Pollution Control
Marine Pollution Control was the first spill clean-up company in the Great Lakes region and one of the first in the nation. Marine Pollution Control is a highly mobile, rapid-response organization that had evolved from the early years of oil pollution clean-up solution provider into a fully equipped and experienced company, providing effective solutions.
Key services: Land, water and underwater response, oil and HAZMAT spill response, level A response, WMD and biohazard response
To get a full list on the top vendors in the oil spill solutions market along with supply market insights, procurement best practices, pricing insights, and supplier selection criteria in SpendEdge’s upcoming report on the global oil spill solutions market.