Project: British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Cleanup
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Duration: 6 Months


On April 20, 2010, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry occurred 60 miles off the coast of Venice, Louisiana. The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the explosion of Deepwater Horizon, which drilled on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. It is estimated that the spill released over 4.9 million barrels of crude oil, which affected the coastal regions and marine life along all of the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico.

Northstar Marine and Northstar Environmental played a major role in the clean-up efforts. Northstar was contracted by BP’s spill provider, National Response Corporation (NRC), as one of the first responders to the spill. Within days Northstar had crews on-site running skimmer ships, skimming oil off the surface of the Gulf and off-loading it onto barges. As the size of the spill increased, so did Northstar’s role within the cleanup. In addition to skimming oil, Northstar operated and managed coastal-based deacon barges and designated locations where they were responsible for cleaning oil off of large and small boats before they could go to port. Northstar had hundreds of resources on site and was in charge of half of the deacon stations involved in the cleanup. They also managed crews from smaller companies involved in the cleanup. Northstar crews worked in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and were involved in the cleanup through October of 2010.