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Oil Spill Detection System

Team members

Siew Zheng Yew Brendan (EPD), Alexander James Fonseca (EPD), Kang Tae Woong (ISTD), Chan Jun Wei (ISTD), Kee Ga Mun (EPD)


Kwan Wei Lek, Liu Jun

Writing Instructors:

Pang Yoke Kian Rachel

Teaching Assistant:

Balakumharen Ammanikadu Palanisamy

The Problem

Although oil spills are a rare occurrence, they are a low-probability-high impact event for shipyards. These spills can tarnish exteriors of ships and yard facilities, and clog cooling systems, undoing days of repair work. This causes shipyards to spend manpower and resources to rectify damages caused by oil spills, possibly causing delays in operations, financial as well as reputation losses for a company.

Currently, shipyards rely on workers on nearby ships or the yard to visually detect visible oil spills, to which the yard can respond and contain the oil. The current detection method leaves too much chance of missed identification and becomes far less effective at night and in adverse weather.


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Future Developments

Further improvements to the system will be centered on improving the reliability of the tracking system and usability. Implementing more computationally demanding Computer vision models will also allow the system to more accurately track the oil spill whilst drawing the attention of the user directly to the suspected oil spill. This will reduce the likelihood of false alarms.

Implementing maps in the user interface will also allow users to better comprehend the position of the oil spill.



The Project

Our system augments current detection methods with a 24/7 automated oil spill detection system. It aims to create a round-the-clock early detection and alert system that would also aid in locating the oil spills to provide timely and valuable information for the response team to take action promptly.


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The Company we are working with

Sembcorp Marine is an integrated brand offering one-stop engineering solutions for the offshore, marine, and energy industries. The facility we are working with is Sembcorp Marine's Tuas Boulevard Yard that is a new generation smart yard designed to maximize operational synergy, production efficiency, and critical mass with optimized docking and berthing facilities. The facility spans over 3km at the west of Singapore and houses a total of 19 quay sites and 7 dry docks. The Tuas Boulevard Yard serves a wide range of vessels and rigs, including VLCCs, new generations of mega-containerships, LNG carriers, and passenger ships.





student Siew Zheng Yew Brendan Engineering Product Development
student Alexander James Fonseca Engineering Product Development
student Kang Tae Woong Information Systems Technology and Design
student Chan Jun Wei Information Systems Technology and Design
student Kee Ga Mun Engineering Product Development
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