Recent developments in oil spill technology have concentrated on booms able to operate in rougher waters than those presently in use and skimmers that can handle very large quantities of oil. A promising new boom, the Trelleborg Troilboom, makes use of load-relieving lines that absorb forces within the boom wall and allow the boom to follow wave curves. For large-scale cleanups, combination systems are being developed using static and towed booms, skimmers, pumps for emptying damaged ships, and large ships capable of separating and storing the oil. Specialized catamarans may be developed to replace ship conversion methods, although they could be an uneconomical alternative. The possibility of permanent static booms surrounding producing platforms is being examined. Such booms would contain spills until a cleanup vessel arrived. Self-propelled skimmers for moderate spills have overcome the problem of capacity shortages with towed-vessel and removable storage tank systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Gulf Publishing Company

    Box 2608
    Houston, TX  United States  77001
  • Authors:
    • Cranfield, J
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 115-124
  • Serial:
    • Ocean Industry
    • Volume: 13
    • Issue Number: 10
    • Publisher: Gulf Publishing Company

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00308375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Contract Numbers: OCE-76-15133, OCE-77-18662
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1980 12:00AM