IMO Operational Guidelines on Sunken and Submerged Oil Assessment and Removal Techniques 2016 Edition I583E
The aim of the Guidelines is to provide practical guidance for assessing and responding to incidents involving sunken oil, and is based on the research project, "Tracking and predicting the behavior of submerged and sunken oils and development of oil recovery techniques" commissioned by the United Kingdom Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
The Guidelines provide a comprehensive overview of the processes that can lead to oil sinking or submerging, together with practical methods for modelling these processes during a response. They also identify existing and innovative approaches to detection, containment and recovery of such oils.
The Guidelines scope is confined to sunken and submerged oil and does not include oil on sunken wrecks. The Guidelines also include references to other information sources.