Containment & Recovery of Oil Spills at Sea. Methods and limitations (1995)

10 Mar 2015


Tim Wadsworth, Technical Support Coordinator, 1995

The ultimate aim of any oil recovery operation at sea is to collect as much floating oil as is reasonably and economically possible. However, a review of past spills shows that rarely is more than 10% of spilled oil recovered from the sea surface. Although many methods of mechanical containment and recovery exist, each has its own limitations which affect the overall success of a recovery operation.

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