NORBIT Aptomar has developed a whole new set of tools for improved data access and sharing during oil spill operations in northern areas

NORBIT Aptomar has just completed their Oljevern 2015 project with partners NOFO, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and Innovation Norway, delivering a new set of technological and operational solutions to enhance oil spill preparedness and response operations on NCS

The Oil Spill Response 2015 technology development program (Oljevern 2015) was established by The Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) in co-operation with The Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA). The main goal of the program was to develop new products, applications and operational solutions to enhance oil spill preparedness and response operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). In particular, oil spill response challenges related to exploration activities moving further north had to be addressed, including low temperatures, darkness, low visibility, vast distances, poor infrastructure and icy waters. Such conditions require a whole new set of technological and operational solutions. The NORBIT Aptomar project proposal was approved by a multi-disciplinary committee in tough competition with proposals from several countries

During the project, NORBIT Aptomar has developed a number of new SECurus/TCMS functionalities that will facilitate and enhance NOFO's and the Norwegian Coastal Administration's ability to build, use and exchange a common operating picture (COP) during offshore oil spill response operations on NCS. The TCMS/SECurus system is to be extended with new and improved functionality on:

  • Sharing of relevant sensor data between systems like NOFO COP, Kystinfo Beredskap, TCMS and CIM
  • Building and sharing of common operating picture
  • Network/bandwidth optimisation
  • Thermal image optimisation

Several of the new functionalities were tested, verified and actively used during NOFO's Oil on Water exercise in June, and all the new functionality will be implemented and made available for the customers in software releases throughout 2019 and 2020.

Oil spill response challenges in northern areas include low temperatures, darkness, low visibility, vast distances, poor infrastructure and icy waters.