After four years, significant progress has been achieved in the development of new equipment and techniques for the Navy oil spill program. Utilizing the systems analysis approach, the Navy has undertaken both intermediate and long-term efforts. The intermediate effort developed systems utilizing the best commercially available equipment with Navy-developed techniques. The long-range effort is refining and optimizing the intermediate systems.
The intermediate systems and cleanup techniques developed are now operational. Experience, to date, reveals that commercially available equipment is effective when properly applied to a well-defined spill problem. Significant progress is reported which should be of interest to others involved in research and development efforts, those involved in complex port facilities operation, and those involved in development of an effective oil spill cleanup capability.