Vessel Traffic in Canada’s Pacific Region

Nuka Research conducted the base analysis for a detailed characterization of commercial vessel movements in western Canadian marine waters.  Using satellite AIS data from 2014-2016, the study portrays vessel movements and corresponding oil movements (both cargo and fuel) across nine passage lines and 10 ports.  Research was conducted to include barge movements, not otherwise tracked … Read more

New Haven Geographic Response Strategy Development

Nuka Research was contracted by USCG Sector Long Island Sound to complete 5 Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) for New Haven Harbor in Connecticut. To develop these GRS, Nuka Research as well as personnel from Sector Long Island Sound, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, and other members of the Area Committee identified 5 key … Read more

Availability of Tugs of Opportunity in Canada’s Pacific Region

Providing an emergency tow rescue for disabled ships is a vital emergency service. To fulfill this service, the Pacific Region of Canada relies on a combination of dedicated Emergency Tug Vessels (ETVs) and “tugs of opportunity,” which are commercial tugs hired for rescue operations when the need arises. The Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine … Read more

Grays Harbor Oil Spill Response Capacity Analysis

In order to consider how to improve preparedness in the event that an oil spill occurs, communities must first understand the current response system. The Washington Department of Ecology contracted Nuka Research to conduct a Response Capacity Analysis for Grays Harbor, Washington, which analyzes the maximum potential recovery capacity of the systems positioned to respond … Read more

Overview of Tanker Lightering in Arctic Alaska

Nuka Research was contracted by Ocean Conservancy to develop a report, Overview of Tanker Lightering in Arctic Alaska, to provide a general description on the process of tanker lightering operations in the region. Tanker lightering is the process of transferring petroleum cargo from one vessel to another and is essential for delivering fuel to Western … Read more

Facilitation of Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee Meetings

Nuka Research has been contracted to facilitate the yearly Oil Spill Act Advisory Committee meeting. The first meeting facilitated by Nuka Research was in January of 2018. At these meetings, advisory committee members and federal, state, and local stakeholders are presented with updates on the events that occurred since the previous meeting, the status of … Read more

Third Party Evaluator for Skimmer Testing

Nuka Research observed and documented a tests of the Aqua-Guard RBS TRITONTM 35 Skimmer at Pacific Petroleum Recovery Alaska’s facility in Anchorage. The skimmer was tested in accordance with ASTM F2709 protocol for determining nameplate recovery capacity. Alaska Chadux Corporation conducted the tests to help determine necessary temporary storage with this skimmer. The skimmer was … Read more

Ensuring Food Safety Following an Oil Spill in Alaska: Regulatory Authorities and Responsibilities

The Oil Spill Recovery Institute contracted Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC to develop a report, Ensuring Food Safety Following an Oil Spill in Alaska. The report was developed with input and guidance from a workgroup of the Alaska Regional Response Team charged with advancing policy on food safety issues in the event of an … Read more

Zone of No Save Analysis for the British Columbia Coast

Nuka Research was commissioned by Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping to analyze how the location and availability of Emergency Tow Vessels (ETVs) or rescue tugs might influence the potential for a disabled vessel to drift aground along the west coast of Canada. To do this, Nuka Research created a computer model to calculate … Read more

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Response Viability Analysis

Nuka Research was contracted by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to conduct an oil spill response viability analysis for the US Gulf of Mexico. The study provides BSEE with information regarding the frequency with which wind, wave, and visibility conditions may be favorable, marginal, or not favorable to the use of different mechanical … Read more