This course educates students on identifying different types of oil spills, and the measures that can be taken to prevent and minimize damage.
Welcome to the final part of the MOSPPR Course! Now that you’ve gained a solid understanding in oil spills and the equipment used to contain or prevent them, it’s time to look into how recovered oil is transported and stored, and the typical problems and safety risks that are related to the transfer and transportation of recovered oils. Different dispersants will be discussed, together with their function and application. In addition, materials that are used to absorb oils will be studied, and you will learn how to use natural vegetation and locally available materials in order to combat oil spills. It is important to not only prevent damage, but also to clean up any damage that occurs, both at sea, on land, or to any mammals or creatures that were unfortunately affected. You will learn how to draw up an operational plan, and organize your own cleanups that follow the health and safety aspects required.
Module Eight focuses on the storage and transportation of recovered oil, and how to prepare appropriate facilities for dealing with the oil on board the skimming vessel or on shore. It will discuss safe ways of transporting the mixture away from the spill area for further treatment. You will gain knowledge on how to suggest options for oil storage, and know the principles of separating oil from water.
Module Nine covers the chemical combating of oil spills on water (i.e. the use of dispersants) and the relevant environmental concerns and health hazards. You will learn how to correctly describe when oil dispersants can be used technically, and the equipment required for their use. Moreover, the health and environmental risks of dispersants will be discussed, in order to use dispersants in the safe and correct manner.
Module Ten discusses the removal of oil from contaminated surfaces, and how to identify different typical absorbing materials. It talks about various types of sorbents, and how to utilize nature vegetation as well as other locally available materials in order to combat spills.
Module Eleven talks about clean-ups, and the essentiality of selecting the correct clean up techniques. You will learn how to describe different types of shorelines and be able to plan and carry out the necessary clean up techniques appropriate for each type. You will gain knowledge on suitable clean-up techniques and be able to draw up an operational plan. Moreover, you will become aware of the health and safety aspects with regards to shoreline clean-up operations.
The following course should enable you to:
This course is aimed at all those who would like to learn more about oil spills, and gain an overview on the main sources of oil released into the marine environment, their relative importance, and their principle causes.
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