Aerial Observations

Current regulations (Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 167) require facility and vessel plan holders who handle, store or transport Group I-IV petroleum oils to identify in their plan an aerial oil tracking resource capable of arriving on-scene prior to equipment identified in their plan for Tier 1, 2 & 3 worst case discharge times.  This must have been completed by Feb. 22, 2011. 

LMS has created a program to quicken the process of analyzing aerial photographs of oil slicks.  Using GPS tagged photos or fixed points of reference, LMS transposes observations to digital overlays, which can be viewed on charts or satellite maps. 

As night viewing (infrared/radar) is perfected, slick locations can continue to be provided to the Incident Command.  Response vessels with automatic identification systems (AIS) can be positioned to best contain or deflect spilled product on a 24-hour basis.  This reduces response time, impact to the environment and the cost to the responsible party.