The fouling of ship hulls has been a major concern to world navies and merchant seamen alike since the first ships put to sea. In 1984, after the issuance of an environmental assessment on fouling effects, the Navy announced its intention to slowly implement the fleetwide use of organotin antifouling paints containing tributyltin (TBT) as the biocide. In anticipation of a need for extensive monitoring of receiving waters because of concerns over potential environmental damage from the TBT paints, the Marine Environmental Branch at the Naval Ocean Systems Center initiated an effort to develop an automated instrument to facilitate the measurement of TBT directly in sea water. A description is given of the end result--the Automated Organotin Analyzer (AOA), a state-of-the-art chemical analysis instrument system that provides rapid, on-site analyses for several organotin and arsenic compounds.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Report
  • Corporate Authors:

    Naval Ocean Systems Center

    San Diego, CA  United States 

    Computer Sciences Corp.

    San Diego, CA  United States 

    Naval Facilities Engineering Command

    Alexandria, VA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Clavell, C
    • Stallard, M
  • Publication Date: 1989-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00660777
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NDSC-TD-1711
  • Contract Numbers: N66001-87-D-0074
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM