Oil Booms for Emergency Harbor Use

by Ralph H. Cross, (M.ASCE), Dir. of Envir. Programs; Alpine Geophysical Assocs., Inc., Norwood, NJ,
John J. Cunningham, Consultant; Alpine Geophysical Assocs., Inc., Norwood, NJ,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 1, Pg. 27-37

Document Type: Journal Paper


Experience in New York Harbor has shown that speed of deployment is the most important criterion for oil booms, and that this depends significantly on boom design. For most harbors, a light, flexible, 18-in. boom with integral strength, weight, and flotation elements is desirable. The lack of standard end connections is presently a serious problem where more than one type of boom is in use in a spill.

Subject Headings: Emergency management | Ports and harbors | Integrals | Hazardous materials spills | Connections (structural) | New York | United States

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