Brazil using app to identify source of offshore oil slicks

Bnamericas Published: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Brazil using app to identify source of offshore oil slicks

Brazil’s management and operational center of the Amazon protection system (Censipam) has made available a technology to help federal authorities identify and register fragments or oil slicks that have been observed along the coast since August.

The smartphone application allows authorities to enter a photo and location of a reported oil slick. This way, a database is being built with field data, including from clean-up operations and results of investigations into the origin of the oil.

The navy and environmental authority Ibama can use the database to track and locate oil slicks.

During a meeting on Tuesday with safety and environment authority ANP, the chief adviser to the navy’s navigation department, rear admiral Cassiano, said the samples of the oil residues collected this year have no correlation with the oil from the major spill in 2019.

According to analysis by the navy's technology center, the recent stains could result from ship tank cleaning. 

Cassiano highlighted that data from 4,185 ships was analyzed and, complementing the guidelines for conducting and monitoring inspections by the navy’s ports and coast department, inspections of suspicious vessels in Brazilian ports were set up.

The 2019 oil spill affected more than 2,000km of coastline in the northeast and southeast. Investigations found the leak came from the Greek-flagged tanker Bouboulina. 

The vessel had been loaded in Venezuela and was on its way to Cape Town. 

Also, according to the investigations, the leak occurred between July 28 or 29, 2019, when the Bouboulina was sailing about 730km off the Brazilian coast.

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