INVESTIGATION OF EXTREME WEATHER OIL POLLUTION RESPONSE CAPABILITIES

This report presents the results of a study to evaluate the state-of-the-art and determine the feasibility of attaining an extreme weather, pollution response capability. Sea states between 4 and 6 were considered. Investigations were made of systems for responding to stranding incidents, where the oil is still contained in a tanker, and for responding to oil spills. In the first case, cargo jettisoning and tanker stabilization methods were recommended as supplemental response techniques in addition to existing off-loading capabilities. In the second case, dispersant application from vessels and aircraft, and skimming with large (over 160 feet), dedicated skimming vessels, were recommended. Aircraft dispersant methods would provide response capabilities in sea state 6, and dedicated skimmers could work in sea state 5. The best existing skimming system is probably the Coast Guard's skimming barrier, which would be marginal in sea state 4. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20593

    Seaward International, Incorporated

    6269 Leesburg Pike, Suite 204
    Falls Church, VA  USA  22044
  • Authors:
    • Beach, R L
    • March, F A
    • Ruetenik, G W
    • Davis, N B
  • Publication Date: 1978-9-15

Media Info

  • Pagination: 165 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191311
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-68-78 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-80372-A
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1979 12:00AM