On the Waterfront
A compromised secondary
containment installation is restored
and waterproofed with polyurea.
By Ryan Spencer
Photo Credit: Brazos Urethane
Stemming from the Choctaw word for “long river,” the Atchafalaya
River is a distributary of the Mississippi and forms some three
hundred miles from its mouth, making a southward beeline through
Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico. About 15 miles from where it
empties into the Gulf, at Atchafalaya Bay, the river is bookended by
the towns of Berwick and Morgan City.
The location is close enough to the bay that tidal forces are a daily
phenomenon. More notably, the area plays a significant role
in the oil industry – it proudly claims to be the birthplace of
offshore oil exploration–and as such, there are numerous oil
storage and transport facilities located along the Atchafalaya. The
area’s recurrent tidal fluctuations posed a major problem for one
such oil storage facility, and a spray application of polyurea became
the ideal, and perhaps the only, solution.