Standard: API 4055


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This paper summarizes one phase of the Systems Study of Oil Spill Cleanup Procedures carried out by the Applied Oceanography Division of Dillingham Corporation during the last four months of 1969 under Contract OS-1 with the Subcommittee on Oil Spills Cleanup of the Committee for Air and Water Conservation of the American Petroleum Institute.

The overall intent of this study, as part of the American Petroleum Institute research and development program on oil spill cleanup, v/as to provide the petroleum industry with an independent examination of the means currently available for controlling on oil spill along with recommendations as to the organization and procedures which appear to be most effective.

This paper is directed primarily toward the problems presented by a major spill of heavy oil in open water comparable to the situation resulting from the TORREY CANYON or the OCEAN EAGLE casualties. A major oil spill was defined as a spill of 2,000 barrels (84,000 gallons) or more of a heavy (or persistent) oil which will and naturally evaporate or disperse rapidly in the environment. (The Federal Government's National Multi-Agency Oil and Hazardous Materials Pollution Contingency Plan provides for a national alert in the event of a spill of 100,000 or more gallons of heavy oil in the coastal zone.) It is recognized that spills of lesser quantities of oil may have equally major implications.

Organization: American Petroleum Institute
Document Number: api 4055
Publish Date: 1970-04-01
Page Count: 176
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: NO
Status: Inactive