Rutter lands contracts for oil spill radar

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Ships lay boom lines in efforts to cntrol an oil spill.

Rutter Technologies has an-nounced it has received six orders totalling US$2 million for its oil spill detection system.

The radar technology can detect and track oil slicks up to 11 kilometres away.

It can be used on ships or onshore.

The St. John’s-based Rutter is partnered with Aptomar AS of Norway.

Valued at $2 million

“The combined value of these orders to Rutter and Aptomar is $2 million (US) and these significant purchases by industry players in Brazil, Norway and Denmark are indicative of the level of confidence in the integrated technology system,” said Rutter president and CEO Fraser Edison in a statement.

Three oil spill detection systems were bought by Edison Chouest Offshore, a Louisiana-based company that operates a fleet of offshore supply ships and research vessels in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

One went to Rederi AB Transatlantic, a Swedish shipping company that provides ice-breaking and ice-management services to the offshore oil and gas industry.

Two systems will be leased by Danish shipping company, Esvagt, for two of its support vessels

working for Statoil off the coast of Egypt.

The Rutter technology was recently certified by the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies (NOFO) following sea trials in June.

A spill recovery organization

of oil and gas companies operating on the Norwegian shelf, NOFO’s mandate is to be prepared for an oil spill.

Rutter has been testing its spill detection radar for two years in Norway with NOFO’s help.

It’s part of the certification process under the European Maritime Safety Agency, which oversees vessels working in the European offshore oil and gas industry.


Organizations: Rutter, NOFO, Statoil Norwegian Clean Seas Association Operating Companies European Maritime Safety Agency

Geographic location: Norway, US, Brazil Denmark Egypt

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  • William Daniels
    October 15, 2010 - 11:22

    How come the oil companies here do not use it?

    • Dan
      October 15, 2010 - 14:26

      Edison Chouest which bought 3 of the systems provides services to all the major oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico. This will be just one more service Edison Chouest will be able to provide to all their clients.