Standing Out Amongst The Competition: SWS Environmental Services Unique Among Oil Spill Removal Organizations

Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSROs) are, according to the Coast Guard, "companies that specialize in cleaning up oil spills. They often serve as contractors or subcontractors for spill response efforts."

Ft. Lauderdale, FL - From oceans and bays to rivers and inland waterways, oil spills occur in different sizes, diverse environments, varying weather conditions and with a variety of requirements for recovery and cleanup. Incidents that occur where there are vast amounts of oil released into a navigable waterway requires preparation, coordination and expertise to efficiently and effectively accomplish a full scale cleanup. These spills in navigable waterways are overseen by the United States Coast Guard under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90).

Following inspections and a recent update for SWS Environmental Services (SWSES) through the Coast Guard's RRI system, SWSES is certified in Group V capabilities. As of January 2015, there are only 15 out of 116 OSROs that the Coast Guard has classified as an OSRO with Group V capabilities.

Group V capabilities are by definition, "recovering or facilitating recovery of sunken oil and/or oils heavier than water." SWSES maintains this classification and performs high level work on rivers, throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, eastern seaboard, throughout Texas and inland up to the Ohio River Valley.

SWSES maintains a constant state of readiness with its staff and equipment for OSRO calls from its clients just as the Coast Guard is ready 24 hour a day 7 days a week. The employees go through extensive training programs which include United States Coast Guard standards and regulations. The equipment deployments drills and exercises and inspections provide the company the ability to provide top level service for all clientele when the need arises.

"Annually, the United States Coast Guard can conduct mobile facility inspections at local service centers within each Coast Guard sector. This inspection includes a review of our mobile facility response plan and operations manual," explained Mike Morris, former active duty Coast Guardsman and current service center manager for SWS Environmental Services in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. "They also inspect the necessary required equipment for regulated marine transfer such as signage, hoses being tested, and spill containment."

For more information on how SWS Environmental Services can assist with issues surrounding oil spill removal, call directly at 877-742-4215 or

About SWSES:

SWSES is one of the largest, most diverse, and strategically positioned environmental services companies in the United States. Currently operating from 29 locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas, our service centers are equipped and ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Whether it's an emergency spill response, industrial services need, hazardous or non-hazardous waste issue, or complex remediation project, contact us at the location nearest you. 24-Hour Emergency Response: 877-742-4215

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