Saturday, July 03, 2010

A Whale Gets Put Through Its Paces

What's billed as the world's largest oil skimmer is being put through its paces by the US Coast Guard to see if it can do what its promoters promise. For the next 48 hours, the A Whale will be tested to see if it can process 600,000 barrels of water per day to separate out the oil slicked contaminants from sea water.

If it does work as advertised, it would be a massive upgrade to the oil gathering capabilities because the ship can work in heavier seas and process far more sea water than existing skimmers.

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