HERNDON, Virginia – The Marine Spill Response Corp. has completed its “Deep Blue” Gulf of Mexico expansion program. The objectives are to make mechanical recovery more efficient and to make other key tools more effective.
The steps included expanding the number of dedicated oil spill response and recovery platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, increasing the ability to use commercial platform supply and multi-purpose support vessels to reinforce MSRC’s existing dedicated platforms, enhance the ability to find and encounter oil on the water’s surface, expand dispersant capability, and expand controlled burning capability.
In addition, MSRC pre-engineered its five storage barges in the Gulf of Mexico as dedicated skimming barges. Staged from Ingleside, Texas, to Tampa, Florida, these barges have an average of 48,000 bbls of temporary storage capacity, as well as newly enhanced on-board skimming capability. MSRC has also contracted with Edison Chouest Offshore and Hornbeck Offshore Services to modify five PSVs and MPSVs for potential use in spill recovery.
MSRC is a not-for-profit entity funded by the Marine Preservation Association through its members. These companies include Anadarko, Apache, BP, Chevron, Cobalt, ConocoPhillips, Energy Resource Technology, ExxonMobil, Murphy, Nexen, Noble, Shell, and Statoil.