Feasibility of Using RECON III-B as a Coast Guard Hazardous Chemical Spill Response Tool.
PERRY OCEANOGRAPHICS INC RIVIERA BEACH FL
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The test procedure and study documented by this report were performed to evaluate the ability of a remote vehicle system to perform pollutant sampling and vessel hull rupture plugging during hazardous chemical spills. Part I testing in which a RECON III-B vehicle was used to take water samples and plug test target holes using preselected equipment supplied by the U.S. Coast Guard has shown that a remote vehicle is capable of performing the necessary tasks, under certain conditions. The tests have also shown that the configuration of the plugging wands used in, but not designed for, the tests is not acceptable for use in a remote vehicle application. The hazardous chemical vehicle effects study concludes that the RECON III-B vehicle is acceptable for operation in hazardous chemical conditions as defined by the United States Coast Guard. Only one substitution requires attention, this being vehicle paint, but it is not mandatory for successful operation. Otherwise the RECON system, as is, will perform in the defined hazardous chemical environments with the high reliability shown in the commercial operations.
- Marine Engineering
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Water Pollution and Control