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

J Hazard Mater. 2004 Feb 27;107(1-2):51-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2003.11.009.


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disaster Planning / methods
  • Environmental Monitoring / instrumentation*
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Fuel Oils*
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Hazardous Waste / prevention & control*
  • Ships
  • Water Pollution, Chemical / prevention & control*


  • Fuel Oils
  • Hazardous Waste