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Discover the Testing, Training and Research Opportunities at Ohmsett
Test with oil. Train with oil.
Leonardo, New Jersey – For 25 years, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (formerly MMS) has managed the Ohmsett test facility as part of its oil spill research program ensuring the best and safest oil spill detection, containment and removal technologies are available to protect the U.S. coastal and ocean environments.
Ohmsett’s mission is to increase oil spill response capabilities through independent and objective performance testing of equipment, providing realistic training for response personnel, and improving response technologies through research and development.
Located in Leonardo, New Jersey, USA, Ohmsett is the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank in North America where full-scale oil spill response testing, research and training can be conducted with oil in a realistic simulated marine environment under controlled conditions. The facility campus consists of a large outdoor above-ground concrete test tank measuring 667 feet long by 65 feet wide by 8 feet deep filled with 2.6 million gallons of crystal clear salt water, conference rooms, maintenance/machine shop, and oil/water chemistry laboratory. Ohmsett’s wave generating capabilities include programmable amplitude, frequency and wave length, creating random waves that more closely approximate waves in the ocean.
Ohmsett plays a critical role in developing effective response technologies and represents a necessary intermediate step between small scale bench testing and open water testing of equipment. Many of today’s commercially available oil spill cleanup products and services have been tested at Ohmsett either as off-the-shelf commercially available equipment, or as equipment for technology still under development.
The facility has the capability to test and evaluate all types of oil spill response technologies such as: skimming systems, chemical treating agents and dispersants, boom, remote sensing and detection instruments, sorbent materials, temporary storage devices, viscous oil pumping units and oil water separators.
In addition to developing and testing response technologies, Ohmsett provides first responders, from government agencies, private industry and foreign countries, with the most realistic training available enabling rapid and efficient response to an actual spill event.
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