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Oil Spill Response Strategies and Tactics

The National Spill Control School

A 3 Day Seminar

Class begins at 8:00 a.m. and adjourns at 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Wednesday.

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.

Seminar Fee
$625 - Prepaid
Includes reference text and other course materials. For special government/industry group rates, contact the National Spill Control School at (361) 825-3333.

E-mail: nscs@tamucc.edu