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  MPERSS

   Marine Pollution Emergency Response Support System for the high seas

 

 

 

Marine Pollution Incident (MPI) AREA IV

The western part of the North Atlantic Ocean eastwards of the North American coast to 35W, from 7N to 67N, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea and the sea area between 7N and the South American coastline eastwards to the French Guyana/Brazil frontier in 4º30N.

AMOC : United States of America

Contact point
David Feit, National weather Service, W/NP41, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746, USA
Tel: 301 763-8000 ext 7401
Fax: 301 763-8085
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Website: www.weather.gov
Operational contact point (24 h)
Lead Forecaster, National weather Service, W/NP41, 5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746, USA
Tel: 301 763-8441
Fax: 301 763-8085
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Supporting Services

Canada

Canada responsible for Arctic waters north of 67°N

Other relevant contact points

None

Marine Pollution Emergency Response Authority

NOAA Hazardous Materials Response Division (HAZMAT)
National Ocean Service, 7600 Sand Point Bay N.E., Seattle, WA 98115, USA
Tel: 206 526-4911

Marine pollution transport model available under MPERSS

Type of pollution model Oil, Chemical and trajectory analysis planner
Name of model GNOME (oil)
ALOHA (Chemical)
References response.restoration.noaa.gov
Free Yes (GNOME)
Input (pollutant data) Source type, source strength, pollution type
Input (Environmental data) Winds, waves, total current, ocean currents
Trajectory algorithm: Wind Weather prediction model and forecaster interpretation, as appropriate
Trajectory algorithm: Current Hydrodynamic model
Trajectory algorithm: Waves (generation method, effect on advection) Wave forecast model
Fate algorithm: evaporation, emulsification... Yes
Model Validation Yes
Application area Worldwide
Real-time response capacity 24X7

 

MPERSS trials

Date(s) and period(s) of trials Brief summary of results
   

 

Actual marine pollution emergencies

Date(s) and duration(s) of incidents Brief summary of results
30 Jan 2003 - 26 Feb 2003 M/V White Seal was a Roll-on Roll-off vessel transporting to the U.S. The crew called in a May Day on 30 Jan 2003 due to the sinking vessel near 32 deg N, 77 deg W. NOAA/HAZMAT was called to produce ship drift trajectory products because of a potential oil spill. NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center provided weather analyses and forecasts for the incident. Post-event evaluation concluded that the meteorological support provided was at a very high level.
28 Feb 2004 - on going On 29 Feb 2004, NOAA/HAZMAT contacted the OPC for support regarding a 570 foot tanker, the Bow Mariner. The vessel sank due to an onboard explosion early in the evening in the offshore waters approximately at 38 N, 74 W. The Bow Mariner was carrying 3.5 million gallons of ethanol, 48,000 gallons of stored diesel fuel and 193,000 gallons of fuel oil. OPC is providing twice daily site specific marine forecasts to support HAZMAT's General NOAA Oil Modeling Environment (GNOME) model.

 

(Last Updated: 09-08-2007)

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