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Oil Spill Tracking Buoy 

Oil Spill Tracking Buoy (OSTB) 

for Oil Spill Response

For those in the Hydrocarbon Industry who survey, drill, produce or decommission, an Oil Spill Tracking Buoy (OSTB) will track the oil spill should the unthinkable occur.   Designed by an Oil and Gas company following the science from Macondo spill – no other product tracks the oil more accurately.

The WorleyParsons Oil Spill Tracking Buoy (OSTB) is designed to accurately track a surface oil spill, with movement of the buoy limited to the met-ocean conditions found at the air-sea interface and in the upper 0.5m of the water column. 

With a proven heavy-duty design for 50m free-fall deployments and a global satellite tracking system, the WorleyParsons OSTB is an instrument which can be safely deployed from oil rigs, rig support vessels and helicopters.  WorleyParsons owns and operates an extensive fleet of OSTBs globally, with all systems managed and serviced by dedicated and trained technical staff. 

From previous project experience, examination of existing oil spill response systems and model validation exercises, it is a proven requirement to deploy multiple OSTBs across a variety of locations during an oil spill incident, i.e. spill fronts and spill central points.  This information is vitally important for any Oil Spill Response Team to plan their incident response effectively, and to enable the emergency numerical modelling systems that predict the fate of the spill.


Unique conical shape 250mm diameter at surface
Mass (in air) 7kgs
Construction materials Acetyl and HDPE plastic
Survival characteristics SS7 / free fall deployment height - 50m into water
Storage life 3 years (-30°C to +60°C)
Unit shall remain operational over -40°C to +85°C though degradation of battery life maybe experienced
Operational capabilities

Reporting Frequency vs. Endurance

  • 30 minute / 30 days
  • 24 hours / 365 days

Other reporting frequencies are available upon request

OSTB Order Form 

Contact Information

Paul Nichols
Phone:                 +61 8 6311 6577

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