The project’s overall objectives were twofold:
- Prove the operational feasibility of an aerial herder/burn response strategy using both manned and remote controlled helicopters.
- Reaffirm the effectiveness of herders in open water and with ice present.
The overall aim was to develop a rapid response aerial system that enhances a responders’ ability to use offshore ISB in very open drift ice conditions (10 to 30% ice coverage) as well as ice-free waters.
More specifically, the research project goals were to:
- Construct an above-ground lined test basin (approximately 90m x 90m x 1m deep).
- Conduct laboratory testing with a selected crude oil to determine its spill-related physical properties and determine the effectiveness of two commercially-available herders in thickening the crude oil slick on fresh water.
- Conduct helicopter testing to confirm the suitability of the prototype aerial herder delivery system and its spray pattern.
- Evaluate the feasibility of robotic helicopter technology to apply herders and igniters.
- Prove the overall feasibility and effectiveness of using herders and ISB as an integrated, fully aerial response option.
- Prepare a project technical report.
- Present the research findings at a scientific/technical conference.
- Publish the research findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.