Share: Oil Slick Detection

KSAT pioneered the use of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites and initiated the world’s first oil spill detection service some 20 years ago to detect oil spills and report to the end user shortly after image acquisition.

KSAT provides near real time information over maritime areas anywhere on earth, from a comprehensive portfolio of satellites. This data is then assessed by highly experienced analysts and reports containing detailed information about detected slicks or clean sea are produced and delivered, twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.

The slick detection service is derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery that works independent of daylight and cloud cover, and efficiently scans large areas in only one image. Satellite monitoring is therefore a cost-effective solution and an excellent tool for detecting oil slicks on the sea surface, whether they come from vessels or installations.   

KSAT provides proactive monitoring for spills or leakage from offshore oil platforms, FPSOs, pipelines and related infrastructure.

By correlating findings in satellite imagery with other sources like Automatic Information System (AIS) data for vessels, KSAT is also able to identify vessels responsible for oil spills. This is in essence the service concept of Clean Sea Net (CSN) that KSAT provides on a daily basis for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

KSAT can contribute in all phases in the lifecycle of a field, from detection of natural seeps for exploratory purposes, support during drilling activities and critical testing, to production and later de-commissioning and abandonment. 

The service chain at KSAT involves acquisition planning and ordering, data download and image processing, and interpretation and production of output reports.

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