Miros to update OSD efforts in Brazil 17 November 2023

Miros Belga Marine oil spill detection systems

Global oceans insights experts Miros, through local partner Belga Marine, has won a contract with Brazilian oil major Petrobras to update its existing oil spill detection efforts.

Miros specialises in oil spill detection (OSD) systems, offering clients advanced functionality to automatically detect and track oil spills.

As part of the development project, the Miros system will be matured and installed with a cloud-based add-on to the monitoring software currently in use offshore Brazil, thereby allowing data to be safely shared with multiple stakeholders in real-time.

The security of Miros’s Oil Spill Detection (OSDTM) system will also be enhanced with a view to rolling it out across a range of offshore assets.

It follows the introduction of new rules from local regulator, the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), around the integrity of OSD alarms and monitoring. The guidelines are designed to ensure information or alarms from the OSD kit offshore cannot be tampered with.

By creating a secure pathway, information can flow between the monitoring software and the onshore stakeholders, in this case, the operator and environmental authority as the regulator.

The supplementary cloud-based component introduced by the company to the existing OSD system relies on Miros's Internet of Things (IoT) solution. Miros and Belga Marine will now modernise the OSD system and simplify access to offshore information so that potential spills can be tackled even faster.

Marius Five Aarset, chief executive officer at Miros, said: “It is imperative that Petrobras can effectively and accurately monitor potential oil spills so they can meet the environmental obligations set out by IBAMA and the Brazilian government.”

Alexandre de Carvalho, head of business development at Belga Marine, added: “The update of the OSD system marks a significant step towards digital transformation and technological evolution. This advancement aims to ensure more sustainable and transparent operations while enhancing the efficiency and coordination of emergency response in case of oil spill incident, improving the country capability to protect its coastline from oil spills.”

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