May 14-17, 2019
This is a 3 and half day course designed to 1) Assist oil spill response and management personnel in the development of
skills necessary to make quick and informed decisions during oil spill incidents; and 2) Provide hands-on spill
response equipment handling and oil recovery training using full-scale equipment with real oil in the
Ohmsett test tank.
Spill real oil and clean it up yourself!
The training revolves around hands-on field activities on the Ohmsett test tank using real oil spilled in
various sea conditions generated in the tank. Students will deploy and operate boom and
skimmer to contain and recover the oil. This program incorporates over eight hours of safety topics (OSHA
29 CFR 1910.120) relative to emergency responders involved in an oil spill incident.
The program also incorporates ICS training and forms. This is a field oriented course and is presented in
non-technical language by our spill response instructors. A reference text is complemented by other
appropriate materials including the ICS and IMH forms. A copy of this text will be provided to each student
during the course.
Instruction for this course is provided by the National Spill Control School (NSCS); a component of Texas
A&M University-Corpus Christi Office of Research, Commercialization, and Outreach. Ohmsett will provide
professional training services to support the classroom and hands-on portions.
Ohmsett and the NSCS have similar goals as both organizations were included in Section 2761 of the Oil
Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA’90). Within this section of the Act (Section. 2671 (c)(2)(d)), the Interagency
Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research was directed to ensure the “long term use of the National
Spill Control School in Corpus Christi, Texas for research and training to improve industry and government
ability to quickly and effectively remove an oil discharge”. Because of their shared goals, the NSCS
developed a training partnership with Ohmsett, which, under Section 2671 (c)(7) directs the Interagency
Committee to ensure the “long term use and operation of Ohmsett for oil pollution technology testing and
Ohmsett is located on the Naval Weapons Station Earle, in Leonardo, New Jersey; adjacent to the Sandy
Hook National Park and approximately one hour drive south of New York City. The heart of the facility is the
large outdoor, above ground concrete test tank which measures 203 meters (667 feet) long (the
approximate length of two football fields) by 20 meters (65 feet) wide, by 3.3 m (11 feet) deep. It is filled
with 9.84 million liters (2.6 million gallons) of crystal clear salt water, and is maintained at oceanic salinity
levels. For more information on the Ohmsett test tank or on the area, visit the website
Ohmsett is a full-scale oil spill response testing and training facility where research and training can actually
be conducted on water in a tank and in various sea states with a variety of petroleum products. Unlike
classroom or bay training, Ohmsett provides a safe, controlled environment and allows for reproducible oil
spill conditions. The Ohmsett facility plays a critical role in researching, developing, and testing the most
effective response technologies as well as preparing responders with the most realistic training available.
The test tank offers a “playground” to test new ideas and to conduct hands-on training with oil.
Ohmsett is maintained and operated by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Safety and
Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) through a contract with MAR, Incorporated of Rockville, Maryland.
Classroom/Field Topics (subject to change)
Note: Registration and security clearance forms will be provided in registration confirmation email.
Please complete and submit the security clearance form at Least 4 weeks prior to your visit.
2. Complete registration and appropriate security forms received in the confirmation email and fax to
Mike Brennan: FAX: (732) 866-7027.
a. Make sure to list your phone number and/or e-mail address on the security form in case we
need to contact you.
b. If you are bringing a camera, list the make, model number, and serial number on the Access
Request Form, or on a separate piece of paper. If you have any questions, please contact
Mike Brennan, (732) 866-7055.
3. On the first day of your visit, please bring the following to the Pass & ID Office at the NWS Earle
a. Valid driver’s license (passport may be substituted)
b. Vehicle registration
c. Insurance card