Latest improvements to Sea/response will take the industry further

18 June 2020

Find out more about the latest features available in Sea/response

  • Existing module on the Sea/ platform enhanced to further support the industry’s preparedness in the event of emergency incidents offshore
  • Sea/response is used by Oil Spill Response Limited’s (OSRL) SWIS (Sub Well Intervention Services) members which includes the likes of BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxonmobil, Equinor, Petrobras, Shell, and Total
  • Users now have access to 26 pre-programmed ‘missions’ as opposed to 5 in the previous version
  • The update allows for faster and more accurate response planning


Maritech Services has announced an update to the existing module Sea/response, which will further enhance the industry’s preparedness in the event of emergency incidents offshore. Developments for the cloud-based digital module started in 2017, and was launched to the market in 2018. Since then, Maritech Services has updated the capabilities of this planning tool to allow for faster and more accurate response planning.

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), on behalf its Subsea Well Intervention Services (SWIS) members (which include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxonmobil, Equinor, Petrobras, Shell, and Total) is one of the companies that have already announced they have entered into a licence with Maritech Services Ltd (Maritech) for the provision of the offshore emergency response software module: Sea/response.

Maritech worked with OSRL and their SWIS members to tailor certain specifications of Sea/response to meet the members’ multi-mission requirements covering Capping & Containment, Offset Installation Equipment (OIE), and Relief Well Drilling.

Sea/response uses its patented technology to identify emergency vessels and equipment most suitable for and closest to offshore wells. Sea/response enhances energy company operational preparedness, often demonstrated in drills, whilst in the event of an emergency, reduces environmental damage and meets the needs of regulators.

In the previous version of Sea/response, there were 5 pre-programmed ‘missions’, each with their own aim and specific mission requirements – in the new version, users now have access to 26. This accommodates a significantly wider group of vessels such as drilling relief wells, fast freighting the Offset Installation Equipment (OIE) in five major categories; Capping, Containment, OIE, Relief Well and Surface Response. The addition of a granular filter to vessel specifications provides a much more focussed search across capabilities so that there is less time spent reviewing opportune vessels manually as unsuitable ones are removed automatically.

Within the new version of Sea/response there is also a ‘stop gap’ feature to ensure the calculation of the mission response time is an accurate reflection of the total time, including the pickup and loading of appropriate kit. Data used for the vessel maximum speed is taken from real data recorded across historic voyages and not from the ‘book data’, making fast ETAs much more realistic and accurate than ever before.

In line with the ongoing initiative to build a collaborative community with vessel owners and subsea contractors to ensure regular and accurate updates on the equipment they have on board, each vessel is selectable within Sea/response displaying their specifications and current equipment aboard. Maritech regularly contacts owners and contractors for this information.

Sea/response spokesperson, Paul Love, adds: “Sea/response really demonstrates the value that technology can bring to response time modelling, preparedness, drills and emergency situations generally. Preparedness is especially addressed by Maritech with the collaborative approach that we adopt with vessel owners and contractors which is greatly valued by our end users.”

Sea/response desktop


About Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is the largest international industry-funded cooperative which exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, by providing preparedness, response and intervention services. OSRL is wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies, and its membership represents the majority of global oil production. OSLR currently employs 275 people across 12 locations around the world.


About Maritech Services Limited

Maritech Services Limited is a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider to the maritime and offshore markets with a range of developed software modules branded as Sea/. Maritech works with many of the largest owners, charterers, operators and traders in the shipping and offshore markets and is wholly owned by Clarkson PLC, a FTSE 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange (CKN).