STATE OF THE ART REVIEW OF OIL CONTAINMENT BARRIERS FOR USE AT OFFSHORE TERMINALS

A review of information on oil barriers suitable for use offshore has been conducted. The technical literature, data from manufacturers and interviews with cognizant personnel at research, test and evaluation agencies, all through June, 1973 have been reviewed. Environmental conditions under which oil containment barriers at offshore oil terminals will be expected to operate effectively have been determined. The problem of oil containment has been studied and a body of performance expectations--conditions under which it is realistically expected that barriers will operate satisfactorily--has been developed. Commercially available barriers have been evaluated and barriers representing four distinct types of oil containment systems selected for a detailed analysis of the problems associated with each type. It is concluded that there is no commercially available oil containment barrier system which can by itself prevent the spread of oil under offshore conditions. Recommendations for further study to maximize the effectiveness of oil containment barriers at offshore terminals have been formulated. (Modified author abstract)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ocean Science and Engineering, Incorporated

    5541 Nicholson Lane
    Rockville, MD  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Mainville, C R
  • Publication Date: 1973-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: 89 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00054111
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Contract Numbers: MA-6562
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1974 12:00AM