IMO Manual On Oil Pollution: Section VI - IMO Guidelines for Sampling and Identification of Oil Spills 1998 Edition I578E
This section of the Manual on Oil Pollution is intended to provide guidance to Governments, on the techniques, equipment and strategies for sampling oil to identify unknown sources of spilled oil. Although references are given for the laboratory methods required for analysis, the emphasis in this text is on the details of the field work required to collect the samples.
The foundation of any chemical analysis is sampling. Correct sampling provides a representative portion of oil not contaminated, and allows a comparison of the chemical characteristics, or "fingerprints" of the spilled oil, with suspected sources.
The Manual on Oil Pollution series consists of six sections:
- Section I - Prevention
- Section II - Contingency Planning
- Section III - Salvage
- Section IV - Combating Oil Spills
- Section V - Administrative Aspects of Oil Pollution Response
- Section VI - IMO Guidelines for Sampling and Identification of Oil Spills (this publication)