Rutter’s sigma S6 radar technology is used worldwide on oil and gas platforms, aboard ships, and by port facilities as part of superior oil spill monitoring and response. The sigma S6 system’s ‘bolt-on’ capability means any marine or marine-adjacent industry can easily upgrade their existing radar system.
Mitigating the environmental risk of uncontained oil spills, the sigma S6 provides comprehensive oil spill detection and response planning through features including guard zones and early alarms, vector tracking to detect the source of the spill and enhanced capability to track spills at night or in harsh conditions. The sigma S6’s real-time remote access allows for environmental monitoring and the management of response assets from anywhere in the world.
2. Technical Superiority
Rutter’s sigma S6’s Oil Spill Detection superiority is evident when compared with other systems. Highlights of the sigma S6’s capability include: the ability to determine position and size of spills detected, access to critical information on the extent of the oil, secondary verification of oil through optional connected EO/IR cameras, estimation of oil spill volumes, the ability to set ‘guard zones’ to monitor at-risk areas, early warning of spill events, the ability to monitor at night and in harsh conditions, as well as real-time remote access from anywhere at any time.
3. Advantages (Detect and Identify)
Advantage of superior Oil Detection data and detail in early detection of oil.
Guard Zones and Early Alarms – Detecting spills as soon as they occur allow for rapid asset deployment to contain spills early before they become costly environmental hazards.
Vector Tracking – The capability of tracking spill vectors give visual cues to operators on the optimal deployment of clean-up resources. In combination with AIS support, vectors also help identify the source of oil and those responsible for spills.
4. Monitor and Prepare At Night and in Harsh Weather
Night-time and Harsh Conditions – sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection provides 24/7 monitoring including in low-light conditions and low-visibility weather conditions. This provides the ability to detect spills and monitor the current state of clean-up operations even when other methods relying on ideal conditions are not an option. By being prepared to deploy clean-up assets as soon as conditions allow, valuable time is no longer wasted acquiring spill intelligence before deploying effective clean-up efforts
5. The Advantage of Full Situational Awareness
sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection can be combined with asset tracking via the sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance system and sea state monitoring through the sigma S6 WaMoS® II Wave and Surface Current Measurement system. This suite provides a safety net of essential data to allow maximum operational windows – keeping the safety of personnel and assets at the forefront while still effectively protecting the environment.
6. Monitoring and Managing Assets from Anywhere
Remote Real-Time Access – With Rutter’s Oil Spill Response capability, oil response can be coordinated from anywhere in the world remotely. This allows your top experts the tools they need to help coordinate your spill response in a safe and efficient manner, no matter their location.
7. Manolis L
‘Critical Application: A Case Study’ – “Centralizing Oil Recovery Operations”
In 1985, The Manolis L sank off Newfoundland’s shores with 550 tonnes of oil onboard. In 2013, after 30 years on the bottom of Notre Dame Bay, that oil began to leak. In April 2018, the Canadian government awarded $15 million for the clean up of The Manolis L site. Rutter’s sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection radar provided the Coast Guard with the necessary real-time surveillance, allowing for 24-hour monitoring of the operation. Over a short period, the entirety of The Manolis L’s oil was recovered and contained.