Small Scale In-Situ Burn tests to Develop Operational Proficiencies
MAC W. McCARTHY
Operational protocol was developed for a small-scale in-situ burn test of spilled crude oil. Initially, two styles of fire-resistant boom were deployed in open water and then evaluated. Later, at a permitted test facility, the same booms were exposed to multiple meso-scale test tank burns. Residual burned crude oil was recovered and the booms decontaminated. The small-scale test gave participants a high degree of confidence in what to expect should they be assigned to execute a full-scale in-situ burn at sea.