RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
The Network is the only non-profit APC administrator in the United States with a Research & Development program. One of the key objectives of the Network’s APC program is risk reduction and the research & development projects focused on preventing a vessel grounding by providing more time to assist a vessel only further advances that objective. In addition to risk reduction, there are many challenges presented by the vast, rugged, and remote coastline in Alaska with respects to recovering spilled oil. The Network’s research & development program is also exploring more efficient oil recovery systems designed to work in Alaska’s harsh environments.
EMERGENCY SHIP ARREST SYSTEM
The Network undertook a research and development initiative to explore the feasibility of an a Emergency Ship Arrest System – P1 (P-1 System) that could be used to assist disabled (i.e. drifting) vessels in the Network’s APC coverage area. The Network contracted Seattle firm Glosten, Inc. to assist with design engineering for a “sea anchor” suitable for deployment from large ocean going vessels in foul weather. The objective of the P-1 System is twofold. The first is to turn a drifting vessel into the direction of the wind and waves, thereby reducing vessel motions. This reduces risk to the vessel and cargo, and increases the prospect of a repair. The second objective is to reduce drift rate by half, increasing response time and reducing the risk of accidental grounding.
Emergency Vessel Attachment & Towing System (EVATS™)
A component of the sea arrestor system is the EVATSTM, which is also considered a standalone system that can be used independently to improve the safety, reliability, and versatility of securing a towline between a disable vessel and a towing vessel. It is designed for rapid deployment and recoverability in heavy weathers and low-light conditions, establishing a safer distance between the disabled vessel and the responding towing vessel. The EVATS™ is designed to quickly and safely to place a disabled vessel in tow under arduous weather conditions to prevent an oil spill incident.
OIL RECOVERY SYSTEM
The Network provided a grant to Pacific Petroleum Recovery Alaska (PPR Alaska) to attend the Clean Gulf Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and display the high efficiency Otter Skimmer system. PPR Alaska continues to refine and develop this oil recovery skimming system by conducting tests in Alaska and the federal testing facility in New Jersey.
To learn more, please visit their website www.ppralaska.com