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Marine Oil Spills Bundle

This course educates students on identifying different types of oil spills, and the measures that can be taken to prevent and minimize damage.

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Marine Oil Spills Bundle

Welcome to the Marine Oil Spills Bundle, a three part course that covers in detail the most important basics of oil spills within a marine environment. 

Part one will introduce the topic, and describe the properties, behaviour, and fate of oil spills. It will delve into the devasting impacts that spills can have on the surrounding environment, and talk both about prevention, as well as damage control. You will learn about the OPRC Convention and the purpose behind it, and be able to identify strategies needed for the containment and recovery of oil, and predict impact according to the type of oil spilt. 

Part two will focus on the technicalities involved within oil spills, and the equipment needed to prevent, and minimise the impact of an oil spill. Here you will learn about the type of equipment that is needed, and the characteristics of different containment booms. These characteristics include the functionality of a boom, and this will then guide the boom selection criteria. Apart from booms, skimmers will be discussed, covering both the advantages and the disadvantages of each type. Finally, this part will outline deployment, recovery, and configuaration of containment booms. 

Part three will bring the course to an end by talking about how recovered oil is transported and stored, and the typical problems and risks associated with this movement. You will learn about the differet dispersants, and their function and application, and the materials that can be used to absorb oils. The latter will not only focus on manufactored products, but also how you can make use of natural vegatation and locally available materials in order to combat spills. There will be emphasis on not only damage prevention, but the importance of cleaning up any damage that occurs, be it at sea, or on land, or to any 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. 



General Aims

This bundle will provide you with a solid understanding on the basics of Marine Oil Spills. At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand different oil spills, their composition, and the reason why spills occur
  • Identify strategies needed for containment and recovery of spilt oil
  • Learn more about the environmental effect that an oil spill has on the environment, and the measures in place to reduce risk and impact
  • Become familiar with the procedure for boom deployment, recovery and composition
  • Understand the function of dispersants, and the relevant environmental concerns and health hazards that may be associated with them
  • Learn about the most common types of oil skimmers, their properties, and the factors that determine their efficiency
  • Understand how to contain oil in open waters and deflect it within rivers or shoreline area
  • And much more…!


Target Audience


This course is aimed at all those who would like to learn more about oil spills, and gain an overview of the main sources of oil released into the marine environment, their relative importance, and their principle causes


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