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Oil-in-Ice Demonstration 4: Quick Look Report

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Technical Report

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U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center New London United States

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This quick look report describes the US Coast Guard Research and Development Centers fourth oil-in-ice demonstration that was held in Narragansett Bay near Newport, Rhode Island during August 2016. This demonstration was made possible through collaboration with other Coast Guard units and private industry. It was an on-water effort conducted to evaluate the responders ability to integrate and operate multiple pieces of oil spill response equipment adapted for the cold weather while underway on U.S. Coast Guard Cutter JUNIPER. New oil recovery tactics, improved storage capabilities, and cold weather decontamination procedures for spill responders were explored. Specific equipment included an Ice Management System IMS designed to protect a skimmer from ice damage and two temporary storage tanks TSTs that were erected on JUNIPERs deck to avoid punctures by ice. The demonstration produced many valuable lessons learned that are applicable to ice-infested waters within the continental United States and in the Arctic waters of Alaska. These lessons learned are captured in this report and recommendations are made for further improvement for response to oil spills in icy waters.

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  • Water Pollution and Control

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