Best Achievable Protection (BAP) Workshop

We co-hosted the 2019 BAP Workshop with the U.S. Coast Guard on May 14–15 at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building in Seattle, Washington, 4th floor, North Auditorium.

 

Woman sitting in grass next to large dog with water and forested shoreline behind.

Nancy Kinner, Director of the University of New Hampshire Coastal Response Research Center, presented on considerations for responding to spills of non-floating oils. 

The BAP workshop allows the spill response community, tribal governments, and interested public to share lessons learned from spills and planning efforts, and to review new technologies before spills occur.

Workshop topics

Areas of focus at the workshop included:

  • Challenges in responding to non-floating oils
  • Updates on dispersant science
  • Innovations in oil spill response equipment
  • Aerial surveillance, remote sensing, and other detection technologies for oil spills
  • Spill trajectory modeling updates in the Salish Sea
  • Common operational picture and situational awareness tools
  • Preparedness planning updates

Agenda

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 (Day 1)

Time Topic
8:30–9:00 Workshop registration, coffee, and refreshments
9:00–9:10 Opening remarks
RADM David Throop, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District
9:10–9:20 Instructions and safety briefing
Scott Knutson, 13th Coast Guard District; Sonja Larson, Ecology
9:20–10:20 Non-floating Oil Spill Response Considerations
Nancy Kinner, University Professor Civil/Environmental Engineering
UNH Director, Coastal Response Research Center Director, Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards
10:20–10:30 Break
10:30–11:00 The Dynamics of Non-floating Oil Response Capacity: A Contractor Perspective
Devon Grennan, Senior Vice President, Global Diving & Salvage
11:00–11:30 An Introduction to the Underwater Seabed Assessment Cleanup Technique Manual (uSCAT)
Lee Britton, Project Specialist, Coastal and Ocean Resources
11:30–12:00 Aqua-Guard RotoX Heavy Oil Skimming Technology
Nigel J. Bennett, Co-founder, Principal, Aqua-Guard Spill Response Inc.
12:00–1:30 Lunch
1:30–2:30 Overview of Recent Dispersant Research
Nancy Kinner, University Professor Civil/Environmental Engineering
UNH Director, Coastal Response Research Center Director, Center for Spills and Environmental Hazards
2:30–2:40 Break
2:40–3:00 Stop Spills Before They Spread and Avoid Devastating Consequences
Igor Kwiatkowski, Business Development Manager, Harbor Technologies
3:00–3:20 New Coastal 49 Skimmer
Ross Hendrick, Pollution Control Products Sales Manager, Vigor Kvichak LLC
3:20–3:40 Recent Advancements in Prince William Sound Open Water Response Capabilities
Mark Ploen, President, QualiTech Environmental
3:40–4:00 Three-Dimensional Hydrodynamic Modelling in Support of Oil Spill and Tanker Drift Modelling in the Salish Sea
Jim Stronach, Senior Oceanographer (Ph.D., P.Eng.), Tetra Tech
4:00–4:30 Discussion and closing comments

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Day 2)