Tips for Efficient Oil Spill Response Management
An oil spill is a situation no one wants to deal with. Depending on the severity, it can be devastating to marine ecosystems as well as to the owner and operators of the vessel at fault. Here are some tips for using efficient oil spill response management.
1. Notify the Authorities
While this may be the last thing you want to do, law requires that you first alert the National Response Center and the appropriate state agency. Failing to do so will cause more trouble in the long run.
2. Call Your Insurance Agent
If you carry pollution liability insurance, your agent is qualified to advise you in the most appropriate crisis management. Most companies have a 24-hour hotline.
3. Soak Up as Much Oil as Possible
Use an absorbent boom, sheet, or pad to remove oil from the water’s surface. These products should always be carried on board.
4. Remove the Boat from the Water
Get the boat out the water and immediately take it to a professional who can service the engine and transmission. Continuing to run the engine in contaminated water will result in more required cleaning.
By following these steps, you can minimize the amount of damage in the unfortunate event that your boat spills oil into the water.