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During the summer of 1977, modifications were made to the Canadian Coast Guard Voyageur hovercraft for preliminary studies to determine whether this vehicle, and possibly hovercraft in general, could be considered as potential platforms for oil spill dispersant spraying. Work to date indicates that air turbulence resulting from underskirt escapage, propellor wash, and forward velocity does not represent an obstacle that would deter the use of these vehicles as dispersant spraying platforms.
hovercraft, dispersants, oil spills, spraying, pollution, oils
Scientific officer, Canadian Coast Guard, Ottawa, Ont.