The recovery operation is progressing with full force after a safety stand-down over the weekend due to the tropical storm Humberto.
42 new personnel arrived on the ground at the South Riding Point terminal yesterday. Over the next days, Equinor plans to have more than 150 responders in place at the terminal. Upon arrival, responders are setting up operational areas before they proceed with physical clean-up operations.
More large-scale response equipment has also arrived, including absorbent pads/rolls, oil spill recovery skimmers, wash pumps, roll off boxes for collection generated waste, light towers and smaller boats, protection equipment and containment booms as precautionary tools.
In addition, seven vacuum trucks are en route from local contractors. They will collect free oil and clean up roads near the terminal.
In total, nine vessels are involved in the recovery operation:
No oil observed at sea
Aerial surveillance using fixed wing aircraft and helicopters have thus far covered most of Grand Bahama and Abaco, including several hundred square miles of open water, without observing any oil at sea.
Last week, an area with suspected oil spill in open water was confirmed to be a patch of seaweed. Additional sampling has now been conducted in several areas of interest, and more suspected oil has been confirmed as sargassum and turtle grass.
Ground verification teams have also worked to physically inspect several areas with possible product in the water. The ground inspections have not identified or confirmed any oil spills. This work will continue in the coming weeks in additional areas.
It is Equinor’s assessment that no oil is currently leaking from the terminal.