Facilitating Arctic Oil and Gas Symposium

In the context of potential changes to Canada’s offshore oil and gas activities and regulatory framework in the Arctic, Nuka Research facilitated a 2-day symposium for WWF-Canada. The meeting convened a small group of experts with diverse backgrounds and experiences in Canada, Greenland, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States. Topics included regulatory approaches in … Read more

Phasing Out the Use of Heavy Fuel Oil in the Canadian Arctic: Impacts to Northern Communities

Nuka Research was contracted by WWF-Canada to assess the economic and social implications to a ban on the use and carriage for use of Heavy Fuel oil (HFO) by vessels operating in the Canadian Arctic. This analysis included an economic assessment, conducted by Northern Economics. The project included multiple analyses to identify the many impacts … Read more

Shipping Transitions in Arctic Alaska: The 2020 Sulfur Cap and an HFO Ban

In anticipation of the global 2020 sulfur cap for vessel emissions based on the IMO, Ocean Conservancy contracted Nuka Research to develop a report describing how this may impact vessels operating in Arctic Alaska. A potential HFO ban in Arctic waters was also being considered at the International Maritime Organization at the time of the … Read more

Testing Inland Geographic Response Plans – Moose and Merrimack Rivers (New Hampshire)

Nuka Research developed GRPs for Inland rivers on the Moose, Androscoggin, and Merrimack Rivers with US EPA and local stakeholders in the Summer of 2017. In the Summer of 2018, Nuka Research had the opportunity to test the effectiveness of these GRPs with local first responders and the state agencies that helped develop the plans. … Read more

Inland Geographic Response Plan Development for Lake Champlain, Vermont

Nuka Research was contracted by the US EPA to work with  Vermont communities and stakeholders around Lake Champlain to develop Geographic Response Plans on Lake Champlain and its tributaries with input through a workgroup process. This project included the development of 15 GRPS providing workgroup approved oil spill response tactics. These tactics can be used … Read more

Fall 2018 Geographic Response Plan and First Responder Training Exercises

Every year, Nuka Research conducts seven GRP exercises throughout the state of Massachusetts to prepare them in the event of an oil spill. In Fall of 2018, Nuka Research will plan and facilitate four Geographic Response Plan Exercises in the towns of Nantucket, Revere, and Somerset. 2018 marked off the 10th year of GRP exercises, … Read more

ASTM Skimmer Trials for High Efficiency Skimming System

Opportunities to test oil spill response equipment in the real world are few and far between. Test tanks provide an opportunity to test full scale response equipment in a controlled environment, to support research and development and responder proficiency. Nuka Research is supporting efficiency testing of oleophilic skimmers in accordance with ASTM F2709-15 in order … Read more

Community Spill Response Planning in Canadian High Arctic

As sea ice diminishes in Arctic regions, shipping patterns are changing, and so are the risks to northern communities. Nuka Research is working with a team of agencies and non-governmental organizations to support oil spill preparedness for remote Inuit communities faced with shipping risks from increased traffic through the Northwest Passage (read more). This project … Read more

Spring 2018 Geographic Response Plan and First Responder Training Exercises

Every year, Nuka Research conducts seven GRP exercises throughout the state of Massachusetts to prepare them in the event of an oil spill. In Spring of 2018, Nuka Research planned and facilitated three Geographic Response Plan Exercises in the towns of Lynn, Truro, and Chelsea, as well as one first responder oil spill response training … Read more

Assessment of Demulsification and Oil/Water Separation Technologies

Mechanical recovery of oil spills at sea is a logistically and operationally challenging undertaking. Nuka Research has been working for years to support industry and government in enhancing mechanical response capacity. One constant that we have seen both in field operations and through various modeling tools is the challenge of storage during major offshore recovery … Read more