CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. has developed the Slick Kit to meet the needs of ocean industry professionals, enabling the collection of opportunistic samples from surface oil slicks and sheens observed in the marine environment.
The collection and analysis of samples using appropriate equipment and procedures enables chemical characterization of oil slicks and sheen and potential identification of their source.
CSA’s experience in offshore environmental sample collection for the oil and gas industry has allowed us to assemble the Slick Kit to facilitate sample submission for laboratory analyses of hydrocarbons (including total petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and volatile organic compounds) and potential fingerprinting to establish oil source.
The Slick Kit’s contents enable the collection of multiple types of samples using customized methods to increase the chance of recovering sufficient sample volumes for chemical analysis in conditions ranging from surface seawater to weathered oil and mousse.
The Slick Kit’s Teflon nets and compact, passive, sorbent-based sampling devices use hydrophobic and oleophilic materials that absorb hydrocarbons while excluding water from the sample. Collecting these specialized samples improves the recovery of oil from the ocean’s surface, providing more hydrocarbon material for laboratory analysis than with water samples alone.
S3 Slick Kit Contents
Pelican IM 2620 Storm Case 20″ x 14″ x 10″
2 x 1-L Amber Glass Jar (for water)
2 x 125-mL Glass Jar (for misc)
4 x 125-mL Glass Jar (for GO-Nets)
6 x 40-mL VOA (for water)
1 L Deionized Water
1 x Liquinox (120ml) for 2 Dropper Bottles
2 x Liquinox Dropper Bottle (60 mL)
20 x Nitrile Gloves – Qrty 2020 pair to go with kit)
4 x GO-Nets
4 x Gore Sorbers (with sample container included)
1 x Bottle Holder Sampling Rod (1-L)
1 x Rite -in-the-Rain field book
6 x Oil Absorbent Pads (for packing)
30 x Custody Seals
1 x Ronco Pocket Fisherman or other Equivalent
Sample Packing Materials
2 x Sharpie Pen
CSA Thumb Drive w/ Electronic Files
Trip and Temperature Blanks (VOA vials)
30 x Waterproof Labels (pre-printed for jars)
Documentation / Electronic Files
Instructions / SOPs
Word template for sample labels
Contents Inventory Sheet