IPIECA has released a new publication - Dispersant storage, maintenance, transport and testing. This was produced in support of the IPIECA-IOGP guidance on surface and subsurface dispersant. Dispersant use can mitigate the overall impact of an oil spill by removing oil from the sea’s surface, thereby protecting marine mammals, birds, coastal habitats and shorelines.
The oil and shipping industries and their regulators place a high priority on the prevention of oil spills. This has led to both the development of larger dispersant stockpiles but also a welcome downward trend in the frequency of major spills. However, this has in turn led to an increased likelihood that dispersant stockpiles may remain unused and stored for long periods, potentially many years. It is imperative that dispersant stockpiles remain effective and fit for purpose.
This report provides additional guidance to help operators and responders:
- Understand the types of materials used for dispersant storage and the optimal storage conditions to prolong dispersant life.
- Develop procedures for testing and if necessary, disposal of off-spec product.
- Understand the principles of dispersant inventory management and documentation.
- Assure themselves that dispersant held within their stockpiles remains effective and fit for purpose.
- Understand the Globally Harmonized System of hazard classification as it applies to dispersants.