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The Gulf Oil Disaster – Introducing “A Whale” Oil Skimming Vessel

July 2, 2010

Please see updated post 7/3/2010 — The “A Whale” Began Testing Saturday (Today!)

The Gulf Oil disaster is now the “testing grounds” for the A Whale, which is a Liberian-flagged ship owned by TMT, a Taiwanese company.  Billed as the world’s largest oil skimming vessel – it is the length of 3-1/2 football fields (1,115′), and is 10 stories high – it is the newest in the cleanup category.  It is estimated to be capable of skimming as much as 500,000 barrels of oil per day, which is skimmed from six ports located on each side of the bow.  The cleanup technology uses a “decanting” process to remove crude (or perhaps crud would be a better word) from water.  The filtered water is returned to the ocean, and the oil residue is transferred to waiting tankers, and works best in areas where the oil is fresh – which would be close to the oil well head. 

A Whale was designed as a cargo-carrying ship, however, underwent a 10-day process that converted it to the huge oil skimming machine.

The ship is owned by TMT, a Taiwanese company.  A Whale is the first of eight hybrid oil / ore carriers which have been ordered from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries. 

According to Dennis Bryant, former Coast Guard officer, “…I don’t see how in this situation its [A Whale] going to be a significant player.”  There has been no committment from BP at this time.

Bob Grantham, with TMT Offshore Group, said “that it’s not yet clear how much oil can be removed from the water,” – it has not yet been tested in an oil spill environment.  Grantham continues that the “company is engaged in a ‘constructive dialogue’ with BP and the Coast Guard. … Our focus in on contributing to the oil spill mitigation effort, which will no doubt require longer-term committment.  Beyond that, we look forward to helping establish an effective global response for oil spills.”

msnbc.com

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It seems as if the Gulf Oil Disaster has two “new” inventions to help clean this mess up:  Ocean Therapy Solution’s V20 Device, and now, the “A Whale” skimming device. 

A Question for BP:  Can we please start using these new technologies??  WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2010 11:42 pm

    oil spills can really mess up the environment, i hope we can find a very good solution to control oil spills -”

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