SHIPBOARD NAVIGATIONAL RADAR AS AN OIL SPILL TRACKING TOOL

The utility of shipboard navigational radar as an oil spill tracking tool was evaluated in a wide range of sea states during an intentional oil spill exercise off Nova Scotia in September 1987. Specially tuned ship's radar onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter MARY HITCHENS was able to detect slicks of five barrels of spilled crude oil during periods of fog, rain, and darkness. Slicks were detectable in winds ranging from less than 10 knots to more than 30 knots. There appeared to be a correlation between slick thickness and the capability of radar detection. This paper explores the observed limits of radar for detection during the exercise.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conf. paper reprint; Paper presented at Oil Spill Conference, 11th, San Antonio, TX, February 13-16, 1989
  • Authors:
    • Tennyson, E J
  • Publication Date: 1989

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 2-1/3p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00660820
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM