Large oil tankers load and discharge oil at ports, and there’s every possibility for oil to spill out. Oil spill pollution in ports should be taken care of immediately as it can cause direct damage to the marine ecosystem. It causes toxic accumulation, and even death of the marine plants and animals within a very short period of time.
Oil spill cleanup methods in ports are same as that of other spill cleaning strategies; the only difference is the requirement of instantaneous response. Whenever there is oil spill in a port, the first response is to find out its source and secure the spill. Any leaking tanker valve or loose-fitting nozzle should be identified and fixed. Immediate steps should be taken to bring the spill under control and also the removed oil should be degraded in a safe way.
Large wharves present in ports can accumulate oil under their surfaces, and it becomes too difficult to find out the oil spill unless they show up themselves. Ship propellers or vacuum pumps are used to suck out the oil that is hidden underneath. Again, the recovered oil should be treated in an appropriate way to prevent any possible damage to the environment.
If oil dispersing agents are harsh on the environment, then what could be an effective oil spill cleanup strategy? Use of oil spill containment products that adopt green technology is a better option. Oil Gone Easy S-200 is one such green product that makes use of hydrocarbon eating bacteria for effective oil spill cleanup. It can give oil spill free clean ports in a matter of days! This product has been used in the cleanup of the Port of Pensacola.
It’s always better to avoid spills. But, in a place where there are hundreds of oil tankers loading and bunkering all types of oil, completely preventing oil spills is almost next to impossible. Even so, giving a good try is always feasible. A good waste management system in ports with adequate resources to handle oil leaks and other oily wastes is necessary. Careful handling of greasy materials is also equally important. Clean ports without oil specks are possible with Oil Gone Easy S-200!
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