Oil Spills: Control, Prevention and Containment

Workers Controlling Oil Spill

The human race is responsible for looking after marine resources. No matter how well people take care of these resources, however, there will always be unforeseen incidents that damage nature. In Australia as well as all over the world, oil and chemical spills are common incidents that contribute to marine pollution and climate change.

Government initiatives and private institutions are fighting for the preservation of marine resources. They are working on different projects to help control oil and chemical spills in the ocean. One of which is the encouragement of oil spill control tools for the shipment and transport industry.

Oil Spill Control Tools

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) laid down a list of oil spill control tools to use during spills. These agents include but are not limited to oil spill dispersant—a product used to increase the penetration of oil in the water column and prevent it from going below the surface.

Surface cleaners help remove oil and facilitate clean-up services; Bioremediation agents help increase the degradation of oil more quickly. A full list of tools and their uses are available on the AMSA site.

Oil Spill Control Policy

As mentioned on Argyle Commercial, chemical and oil spill have everything you need in case of an accidental spillage. A maritime spill kit, however, is not always enough. The business should also be able to present necessary permits as well as conduct the right type of evaluation or inspection in order to ensure responsible operations.

To implement fair responsibility towards businesses, the Australian Marine Oil Spill Centre (AMOSC) collects levies from companies to maintain a central stockpile of spill response equipment. It provides professional assistance should a spill occur. The AMOSC’s initiative is just among the numerous actions carried out by the government to preserve marine life.

Businesses in the maritime industry, especially those in shipment and transport, know that chemical and oil spills are not always avoidable. As such, they need the proper tools and guidelines to ensure that they deal with the problem efficiently, minimising the effects on natural resources.