A high-level synthesis of oil spill response equipment and countermeasures

Nikolaos P. Ventikos, Emmanouil Vergetis, Harilaos N. Psaraftis, George Triantafyllou

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This paper presents an operational synthesis of major oil spill response methods (mechanical, chemical, etc.) and the corresponding oil response equipment for sea context (booms, skimmers, etc.). We focus on important features of oil spill response, in order to formulate a decision-based database, capable of supporting the development of a complete oil spill response operation. Moreover, we classify these findings and introduce simple formatting and standards to supply predictive tools for oil spill models. The actual goal of this paper is to come up with a decision-driven process, which can provide for a realistic choice of oil spill response equipment in the design of the primary oil response phase. This is intended to lead to a prompt, logical, and well-prepared oil spill response operation satisfying time and cost criteria and protecting the marine environment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)51-58
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes


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