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Use of Sorbent Materials in Oil Spill Response

 The International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited
  11th-Jan-2017
Description: Oil sorbents comprise a wide range of organic, inorganic and synthetic products designed to recover oil in preference to water. Their composition and configuration are dependent upon the material used and their intended application in the response. While widely used in spill response, sorbents should be employed with caution to minimize inappropriate and excessive use that can present major logistical difficulties associated with secondary contamination, retrieval, storage, and disposal. These all contribute significantly to the overall costs of clean-up operations. In particular, synthetic sorbent material should be used in moderation and care taken to ensure it is used to its full capacity to minimize subsequent waste disposal problems.
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Domain: Energy
Category: Fossil Fuel/Nuclear
Contributing Organization: UK P&I
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Contents:
USE OF SORBENT
MATERIALS IN OIL SPILL
RESPONSE
TECHNICAL INFORMATION PAPER

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Introduction
Sorbent materials can provide a useful resource in a response to a spill of oil, allowing oil to
be recovered in situations that are unsuitable for other techniques. However, sorbents should
be used in moderation to minimise secondary problems, particularly by creating excessive
amounts of waste that can g ... See more

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