Heavy Oil Recovery Ohmsett Test Report
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
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Facilities or vessels which store or transport heavy andor sinking oils in U.S. waters must identify response organizations and strategies for responding to spills of these products, including identifying methods for assessing, containing, and recovering oil from subsurface environments. The U.S. Coast Guard USCG has acknowledged available technologies to accomplish these objectives are not readily available at this date. The objective of this project was to develop and test viable designs for systems which can detect and recover oil from subsurface environments. This is the second major report within this project, the first describing detection systems, that summarizes the results of a two-year effort to develop a recovery system. The USCG Research and Development Center developed specifications and awarded three contracts to design a complete detection and recovery system to Alion Science Technology Corporation, Marine Pollution Control, and the Oil Stop Division of American Pollution Control. In 2011, these three companies were awarded options to build prototypes for testing. This report describes the designs of the three systems and results from prototype testing at the Ohmsett test facility in Leonardo, New Jersey. It also discusses the path forward for submerged oil detection, recovery, and decanting.
- Water Pollution and Control