Containment and Recovery of Floating Oil

Oil recovery systems typically have a swath width of only a few meters and move at slow speeds whilst recovering oil. Thus, even if they can be operational within a few hours, it will not be feasible for them to encounter more than a fraction of a widely spread slick. This is the main reason why containment and recovery at sea rarely results in the removal of more than a relatively small proportion of a large spill, at best only 10 - 15% and often considerably less. This article focuses on containment and recovery of floating oil from the sea.

Provided by: The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Topic: Software Date Added: Nov 2004 Format: HTML

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