Oil Spill Response Strategies & Tactics (On-Water Course)

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A 3 Day Seminar

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and adjourns at 5:00 p.m..

The Course

This course is designed to provide field training in developing oil spill response strategies and tactical operations. The training revolves around hands-on field exercises in boat handling, boom deployment and recovery, and pump and skimmer operations in bays, ports and inland waterways. This is a field-oriented course presented by our oil spill response instructors. A reference text complemented by other appropriate materials will be provided to each student during the course.
Upon successful completion of the course, each student will receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from the National Spill Control School, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Classroom/Field Topics

  • Oil Spill Containment Boom
  • Developing Site Specific Response Plans (SSRP)
  • Oil Spill Responder Safety
  • Setting up a Staging Area
  • Boat Handling and Water Safety
  • Boom Deployment and Recovery from a trailer or vessel
  • Anchoring Systems
  • Booming Strategies
  • Booming a Vessel
  • Booming in Currents
  • Corralling, Cascade and Chevron booming
  • Shoreline Recovery Systems
  • Shoreline Cleanup

Field Exercises

This course is primarily a "hands-on" course involving trailering and launching boats, deployment and recovery of floating oil spill containment booms, booming exercises, and equipment cleanup, maintenance and storage. Appropriate personal safety equipment including personal floatation devices will also be used.

Additional Information

Personal flotation devices will be provided during the field exercises, however you may bring your own if you prefer. Exercises include activities where we get “wet and dirty”, so bring your work clothes, gloves and boots or shoes that can get wet. Weather conditions in Corpus Christi can be very warm and windy from April to early October, with temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s and winds at 15-20 mph. An examination will be given on the last day of the course.

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