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Miros Oil Spill Detection

Miros’ oil spill detection system accurately detects oil spills, avoiding false alarms and enabling rapid response and recovery.

The Miros Oil Spill Detection system has a unique ability to interpret multiple indicators simultaneously, only triggering alarms when the “right” combination is identified. Indicators, which include wave height and behaviour, surface characteristics and drift, are collected and analysed using marine X-band radar, as well as infrared and daylight cameras. Miros OSD then processes the data and the appropriate signal is sent to the user interface.

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Every offshore installation must prepare itself for the unlikely event of an oil spill. Whilst early detection capability is vital, a low false alarm rate is also paramount since false alarms that initiate manual activities can be extremely costly. Nevertheless, dialling down the sensitivity of a system in order to avoid false alarms is not an option as this could lead to the delayed detection of genuine spills. The Miros Oil Spill Detection system has a unique ability to interpret multiple indicators simultaneously, only triggering alarms when the “right” combination is identified. 

Miros OSD provides continuous monitoring of high-risk areas. The system automatically generates alarms based on oil spill detection and each individual slick is characterised according to area and drift. Thanks to its capacity to raise alarms promptly, the Miros Oil Spill Detection System is able to dedicate more time to the characterisation of spills and the initiation of appropriate responses.

Whether present on offshore installations, vessels or shore-based stations, the Miros oil spill detection system helps give authorities and operators the confidence that they are applying the best available technology to detect and control oil spills. Whilst at the same time reducing the risk (and potential cost) of false alarms.

With more than 200 Miros OSD™ systems delivered to oil companies, ship owners and coastal agencies around the world, Miros has established itself as a global leader in the provision of tools supporting oil spill response and surveillance operations.


  • Applications
    Oil and gas platforms, emergency response vessels, coastal monitoring.
  • Surveillance Detection Mode
    Low false alarm probability
  • Recovery Detection Mode
    High Detection probability
  • Detection range by radar
    Typical range depending on antenna height and wind (Operational within 2 - 12 m/s):
  • Radar short pulse length
    50 - 80 ns
  • Radar medium pulse length
    250 - 300 ns
  • Radar short pulse range
    2 - 4 km
  • Radar medium pulse range
    4 - 7 km
  • Automatic Spill Detection & Outlining
  • Oil Spill Tracking (Direction and Speed)
  • Manual Area Outlining
  • Oil Spill Volumetric Calculations
  • Screen Capture and Video Recording
  • Motion Compensation
  • Multiple Remote Clients
  • ESRI Shapefile Output (Used for GIS Input)
  • Cursor Serial Port Output (For IR Camera Input)
  • TTM NMEA Serial Port Outputs (For IR Camera and ECDIS Inputs)
  • Coastline Masking
  • Raw Data Recording
  • SeaBridge - Multiple Client - Low Bandwidth Communication Link
  • SeaFusion - Multiple Radar - Single Display
  • Vertically Polarized Radar Antenna (VV)
  • Oil Target range
    0,9 - 6 km
  • Detect person size
    1,8 x 0,5
  • Detect person range
    0,8 - 1,2 km
  • Detect boat size
    4,0 x 1,5
  • Detect boat range
    2,2 - 3,9 km
  • Radar tracking
    Multiple oil spill targets
  • Camera tracking
    Multiple oil spill targets, AIS targets and drift buoys
  • Gyro Heading
  • Gyro Position, Time
  • Wind
  • AIS
  • Data
    Ethernet: ftp on TCP/IP
  • Alarm
    Visual, sound
  • Min. operating temperature [C]
  • Max operating temp [°C]
  • Humidity
    0 - 100 %RH Condensing
  • Dust & Water proof [IP]
  • Supply Voltage
    100-240 VAC 50-60 Hz
  • Typical power consumption [W]
  • Antenna beam width
    13° or less (6 feet or more)
  • Antenna rotation speed
    >15 RPM
  • Antenna mounting height
    > 15 m above sea level
  • Pulse mode
    Short pulse (50 - 80 ns) or Medium pulse (250 - 300 ns)
  • Pulse repetition frequency
    1000 Hz or higher
  • Output power
    10 kW or more
  • Radar signals
    Raw video, sync, heading marker and azimuth
  • Antenna polarization
    Vertical (preferred) or Horizontal
  • Basic System
    OSD using 1 existing radar
  • Additional radar option
    Integration of 2nd existing radar
  • IR option
    Up to 8 gyro-stabilized, dual cameras with IR and daylight sensors
  • Dedicated radar
    Horizontal or vertical antenna polarization, 12 kW or 25 kW transceiver, 6,5' or 8\ antenna(s), 24 RPM or 42 RPM
  • Software options
    Multiclient system, Wave measurement, Ice detection
  • Key Feature 1
    Automatic detection with high detection rate and low false alarm rate, day & night
  • Key Feature 2
    Up to 8 cameras with 2 video streams each
  • Key Feature 3
    Up to 2 X-band radars
  • Key Feature 4
    Historical data with playback mode
  • Key Feature 5
    Camera tracking of detections, AIS targets, wind current, wave and ice data
  • Key Feature 6
    Proven Efficacy in Genuine Spill Incidents
  • Key Feature 7
    Fully Functional in Low Visibility or Darkness

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