ODPM distributes CANSORB to key agencies

Tacarigua, Trinidad and Tobago, June 26th, 2015 (ODPM) - The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) distributed bales of Cansorb to the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) following the official launch and demonstration of the product on May 27th, 2015 to key agencies such as TTFS, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).


Trinidad and Tobago due, to its heavy investments in the oil and gas industry, from time to time inadvertently experiences oil spills. In the event of an emergency, it is critical that any country in the world is able to clean up oil spills in a timely and efficient manner.

Cansorb is very effective in the clean-up of oil spills, both on water and on land. It is an all-organic hydrocarbon absorbent, manufactured from high-quality large fibre Sphagnum Peat Moss. The manufacturing process produces a product that is both oleophilic (absorbing hydrocarbons) and hydrophobic (repelling water). The structure of Cansorb is very fibrous and porous and absorbs, on average, eight times its weight.

The ODPM, in keeping with its commitment to reduce the vulnerability of any emergency and build the resilience of our nation, presented representatives from the Divisional Fire Service Headquarters (Central Division) with several bales of Cansorb to assist with building the capacity of its response efforts. Distribution of the product is expected to continue throughout the coming weeks to various stakeholders nationwide.


Representatives from the ODPM present representatives from the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service with Cansorb Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service load Cansorb onto their truck
Kevon Campbell of the ODPM presents the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service with Cansorb Kevon Campbell of the ODPM with representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service
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