The Deepwater Ports Act of 1974 gives the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and, by delegation, the U.S. Coast Guard, specific authority to regulate the design, construction and operation of Deep Water Ports (DWPs) off the coast of the United States. Some of the regulations deal with safety and prevention of oil pollution. This study is one of several providing information for future regulations dealing with pollution. It identifies and assesses inspection methods and procedures for the Oil Transfer System (OTS) of DWPs. Recommendations are made for inspection methods and procedures that would provide an effective means of minimizing accidental oil spills from the OTS of DWPs in U.S. waters. The recommendations were based primarily on a cost-effectiveness analysis for both commonly used and technologically advanced inspection methods and procedures that were considered to provide the best available technology for DWPs in U.S. waters. Inspection methods considered apply primarily to the components of the OTS, onsite, during normal operations and also to components of other systems whose failure could affect the integrity of the OTS. Failure of components and subsystems of the OTS, which contributed most significantly to the risk of oil spills, were identified in a system safety analysis. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Science Applications, Inc., Santa Ana, CA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Science Applications, Incorporated

    1651 Old Meadow Road, Suite 620
    McLean, VA  United States  22101
  • Authors:
    • Mastandrea, J R
    • Gilbert, K J
    • Simmons, J A
    • Kimball, P B
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 591 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00180850
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-31-78 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-60670-A
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM