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Detection of Oil Within the Water Column

Solicitation Number: HSCG32-12-R-R00005
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Office: United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Location: Contracting Office, USCG Research and Development Center
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Added: Nov 01, 2011 9:21 am
This announcement constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in accordance with Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2). No Request for Proposal (RFP), solicitation, or other announcement will be made. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) will not issue paper copies of this announcement.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a case that revealed several glaring technological gaps in responding to oil disasters. One of the issues was determining the location of subsurface plumes and making timely decisions to prevent significant ecological damages. While some advances have been made during the Deepwater Horizon incident for tracking underwater plumes, a robust and efficient strategy for sampling the waters to determine the extent of the plume and the proper detection system to go with it is still lacking. The detecting technology would need to provide data in real time (live feed data stream) to enable a quicker response or a more efficient monitoring for the submerged plume.

Most spills occur over a shorter period of time and closer to shore than the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. There is a very short timeframe for decision-making to protect the environment, numerous water-intakes, and commercial facilities located along the shore and on rivers. Challenges in detecting oil within the water column include poor visibility in deeper waters, difficulty in tracking oil movements in fast-moving currents, and only being able to discover very low levels of oil or dispersed oil at all depths.

This procurement is the first step in the process of developing an entire mitigation system to discover and mitigate oil within the water column in a variety of conditions. Previous work has been done on almost all of the components and many references can be provided via CD-ROM or are listed in the GFI section. Included are some of the latest efforts during the most recent spills and the research performed. However, there remains a need for a consistent detection system that can be adaptable to a variety of conditions, from rivers to near shores, and that has the ability to detect different types of oil.


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Broad Agency Announcement - Detection of Oil Within the Water Column

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Broad Agency Announcement - Detection of Oil Within the Water Column
Posted Date:
November 1, 2011
Description: Broad Agency Announcement - Detection of Oil Within the Water Column
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1 Chelsea Street
New London, Connecticut 06320-5506
United States
Dinah L Mulligan,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 860-271-2885
Fax: 860-271-2888