FIELD TESTS OF SIX OFFSHORE OIL CONTAINMENT BOOMS

This report describes the test procedures and equipment used in testing six different oil containment booms in the Gulf of Mexico. Oil was not used. Each boom was evaluated for its seakeeping and logistic requirements for deployment and retrieval. Each boom was moored in a U shape, or catenary, configuration. This was done by establishing two sets of mooring buoys on opposite sides of the Navy platform, Stage I, off Panama City, Florida. Tests were conducted from 28 March through 28 April 1977. The booms tested were obtained on loan from the various manufacturers, their representatives, or other sources. An attempt was made to obtain booms suitable for open water use that employ different means of maintaining flotation and of carrying tension. Seakeeping data was obtained through documentation with a videotape system developed by the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center. The videotapes were analyzed, and the data are presented in Part 2 of this report. In seas varying from 1 to 2 m, three booms suffered serious mechanical failures that made them incapable of containing oil. Two booms suffered no mechanical failure but demonstrated significant containment failure. One boom suffered no mechanical failures and only minor containment failure.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Environmental Technology Branch, Office of Res and Dev
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Corpuz, P R
    • Griffiths, R A
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00194554
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Coast Guard
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CG-D-78-78 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM