Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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61 Spring 2015 Proceedings work in the hold, we worked to clean up the arsenic trioxide on deck. The Wet Method While work continued, a contractor designed a wet deactivation system — minus the freball. The fnal result included a reactor with an air-driven stirrer to create a downward vortex, a nitrogen line, and a water fog nozzle to prevent fare ups. Following this method, personnel placed the magne- sium phosphide into cotton socks in amounts less than 1 lb., which were then placed in a metal cage on the end of a long pole. This allowed response personnel dressed in protective fre suits to place the magnesium phos- phide into the water bath from a safe distance. This all took place on a barge alongside the contami- nated vessel, and tugs kept the vessel positioned advan- tageously into the wind. On February 10, efforts to neu- tralize the magnesium phosphide were complete. Teamwork The success of this case can be summed up in one word —teamwork. For instance, the National Strike Force integrated three teams from three coasts into a cohesive team. NOAA also provided a team of dedicated and talented individuals who provided the information necessary to make critical decisions. Active duty, reserve, and auxiliary members from Marine Safety Offce Charles- ton also worked alongside the NSF to get the job done. Other teams included the St. James Fire Department HAZMAT team, who worked alongside the National Strike Force responders, and the Charleston County Emergency Medical Team personnel who provided medical support. It was an honor to work with such talented and dedicated individuals, and I appreciate the opportunity to tell this story. It is just one small example of the many great things the National Strike Force has accomplished in its tenure. About the author: Captain Kichner retired after more than 28 years in the U.S. Coast Guard having served most of his career in marine safety. His assignments included commanding offcer, Gulf Strike Team; executive offcer, National Strike Force; and commanding offcer USCG Marine Safety Offce Mobile, Ala- bama. He is presently owner of KSEAS, LLC. He is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a B.S. in chemistry and an M.S. in chemi- cal engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered profes- sional engineer in chemical engineering. Bibliography: Concerning Loss of Hazardous Material in the Atlantic Ocean Near the New Jersey Coast. M/V Santa ClaraI Board of Inquiry, Jan. 4, 1992. Proceedings of the Marine Safety Council, Jan-Feb 1993 edition, Vol. 50, number 1. A rack of arsenic trioxide drums in overpacks are washed thoroughly when brought to the surface. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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