The problem of dealing with oil when it has landed on the shore is complicated by the different types of terrain; thus the oil may be on sand, shingle, rocks, jetties etc., or on the muddy banks of estuaries, or entangled with reeds or marsh grass. Each of these types require a different treatment, so it is desirable to be able to treat the oil while it is still floating on the water. There are four general methods which can be considered: ( 1 ) mechanical removal; ( 2 ) addition of some material to absorb the oil, or otherwise aid the mechanical removal; ( 3 ) sinking the oil by the addition of a material which increases its density; and ( 4 ) dispersing the oil in the bulk of the sea. Each of these methods is discussed separately in so far as they have been the subject of Ministry of Technology work.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Extracts from a paper given by Mr. J. Wardley-Smith at the New York Conference on Oil Pollution in December, 1969.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Org

    101-104 Piccadilly
    London W1V 0AE,   England 

    Ministry of Technology, England

    London WC2,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1970-4-2

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00005960
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: T3/B/3.02
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM