Research report: Aerial Application of Herders

This report provides a comprehensive review of five tests that were carried out during late April of 2015, in a custom-built test basin located 50 km northeast of Fairbanks AK, to determine if a helicopter could be used to first apply herding agents to Alaska North Slope crude oil slicks in simulated drift ice conditions, and then ignite the herded oil slicks using a Heli-torch.

The primary objective of the field research was to validate the use of herders in combination with ISB, when both are applied by helicopter. The aim was to develop a rapid response aerial system that enhances responders’ ability to use offshore ISB in drift ice conditions.

Validating these herding agent delivery technologies has gone a long way to proving a new operational response tool for the Arctic offshore, and facilitate future agency approval of herders and application techniques.