CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AREAS IN WHICH FAST CURRENT OIL CONTROL IS NEEDED

Present oil spill control measures are effective only in currents up to between 0.8 and 1.0 knot, depending on the characteristics of the oil and ocean conditions. The Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf Coasts, the Inland Area, and the Great Lakes were examined. Forty-four high risk areas were located, determined on the basis of a composite of oil concentration and spill frequency. These included inland rivers (12 of them); open rivers (13); bays (5); channels (5); harbors (4); canals (3); and intracoastal waterways (2). There specific environmental characteristics -- current, tide, water and air temperature, wave heights, and wind -- are identified, discussed, and analyzed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Office of Research and Development, 400 7th Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hammer, W F
    • KOBURGER, C W
    • Jensen, D S
  • Publication Date: 1973-11

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  • Pagination: 102 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00095107
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-103-74 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 1975 12:00AM