Response Activities for Tar Ball Pollution from the 'Hebei Spirit' Oil Spill in the Southwestern Sea of Korea

서남해역에서 허베이스피리트호 원유유출 사고에 의해 생성된 타르볼 방제작업

  • Cho, Hyun-Jin (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Kim, Jeong-Yeop (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Yang, Mun-Chul (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Seo, Kang-Ryul (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Min, Nam-Gi (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Im, Sung-Huk (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Jeon, Sung-Gun (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Kim, Hee-Sik (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Kim, Young-Hwa (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Kim, Gi-Hun (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard) ;
  • Chang, Sun-Hee (Pollution Response Department, Mokpo Coast Guard)
  • 조현진 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 김정엽 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 양문철 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 서광열 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 민남기 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 임승혁 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 전성근 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 김희식 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 김영화 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 김지훈 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과) ;
  • 장선희 (목포해양경찰서 해양오염방제과)
  • Received : 2009.09.10
  • Accepted : 2009.11.24
  • Published : 2009.11.25

Abstract

Approximately 12,547 kL of oil from the tanker 'Hebei Spirit' released into the western sea of Korea, which subsequently reached and covered extensive areas of the western coastlines of Korea. In the following days great numbers of tar balls hit the southwestern coast. Three different cleanup methods were used to mediate the southwestern coastline tar ball pollution by Korea Coast Guard (KCG) net setting, manual pick up, and sweeping them up. Net setting was useful in protecting coastlines from being hit by tar balls. The cold weather in winter conditions helped the tar ball response efforts because it caused them to harden, allowing them to be swept up from beaches and to be gathered up by hand.

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