Miros’ OSD system is designed to interpret multiple indicators and trigger alarms only when the “right” combination of indicators is identified. All with the objective to support as fast a response as possible.

The two most important features in an oil spill detection system would seem to contradict each other: early detection, and a low false alarm rate.

False alarms that trigger manual interactions are extremely costly and undermine confidence in detection systems. But dialling down sensitivity to avoid false alarms is not an option, as the first job of an oil spill detection system (OSD) is to detect spills as early as possible.

So how can a sensitive system also limit the number of false alarms?

The answer lies in the unique ability of Miros OSD systems to interpret multiple indicators and trigger alarms only when the “right” combination is identified. Wave height and behavior, surface characteristics, object drift and other indicators are collected and analyzed using x-band radar, infrared and daylight cameras. The data is processed through Miros’ OSD computer and the appropriate signal sent to the user interface.

Once the system has detected a spill, Miros OSD is designed to provide automatic alarms and situational awareness. The user display shows the spill overlaid with AIS targets and infrared and daylight camera views. The integrated camera(s) automatically track the spills and seamlessly switch between cameras for optimal tracking. Early warning data to support response planning and decision-making is provided to offshore installations and vessels, as well as to coastal and port sites. Early mobilization keeps the oil from spreading over larger areas and helps make the oil spill easier to combat.

Switching from surveillance to recovery

When oil spill is detected Miros OSD guides the response vessel towards the part of the oil slick where the highest recovery efficiency is obtained. The thicker part of the slick is identified with support of infrared and visible spectrum sensors aiding in correct positioning of booms, skimmers and dispersant application.

The Miros OSD system is being continuously enhanced, developed and tested. It has been verified in oil-on-water exercises and has successfully guided spill response operations in actual oil spill incidents. Installed on offshore installations, vessels or shore-based stations, the Miros OSD system helps give authorities and operators alike the confidence that they are applying the best available technology to detect and control oil spills while reducing the risk of false alarms.

More than 190 Miros OSD systems have been delivered to oil companies, ship owners and coastal agencies around the world.

Get in touch if you have questions or enquiries about the Miros OSD system: info@miros-group.com

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