COAST GUARD HAS NEW TOOL TO COUNTER TANKER OIL SPILLS

A new system being developed by the Coast Guard for handling oil spills at sea is described. Originally called ASPSS (Air-Deliverable Salvage Systems), the name ADAPTS (Air-Deliverable Anti-Pollution Transfer System) was recently adopted. The system is designed to be air dropped to stricken vessels by converted C-130 cargo planes which are modified with standard rail delivery systems. Six to ten man salvage teams to be trained by Coast Guard before plan actively goes into effect. ADAPTS is composed of three subsystems, an air-delivery system involving installation aboard the aircraft, a transfer and storage system composed of transfer piping and large plastic collecting bags, and a pumping system. An A-frame is included in the air dropped system in order to haul the equipment aboard the ship. The hydraulic pumps (1000 gpm each) force the oil into the plastic collecting bags which are towed by surface craft.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Compass Publications Incorporated

    1117 North 19th Street, Suite 1000
    Arlington, VA  USA  22209
  • Publication Date: 1970-5

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-32
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00015523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 13 1973 12:00AM