Who loves the status quo? The oil spill contractors love the status quo. BP managers paid them (by the hour!) $8,000,000,000 (billion) and they accomplished next to nothing. 48,000 workers and 1,000’s of vessels skimmed 3% of the spilled oil. Three percent. In-situ burning, dispersants and 120 aircraft “processed” 20% of the spilled oil (gross pollution).
Who else loves the status quo? Manufacturers of complex, slow, unwieldy and unseaworthy equipment love the status quo. Slow performance means many units are needed. Consultants love the status quo. New ideas are hard work. The status quo today looks almost identical to the status quo 40 years ago. No hard work needed! The next image shows a complex, slow, unwieldy device that costs over $1,000,000. Healthy profits!
Will the future be better? Not if industry can help it. In September, 2010 the JOINT INDUSTRY OIL SPILL PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE TASK FORCE concluded that: Nonetheless, the current surface oil spill response system--as exhibited in the DWH* Incident--continues to be effective**. *Deepwater Horizon **3%
What the world needs now Equipment that can pick the oil up from the sea and carry it ashore for recycling or safe disposal. Equipment that is rugged, seaworthy, multifunctional and low maintenance and not so expensive. Oil skimmer vessels and ships that can quickly recover oil over large areas in rough seas and very heavy, moving ice. High-speed vessels. Rugged vessels. Multifunctional vessels.
The ocean-going FAST 25.0m This high-speed, Canadian design incorporates the proprietary Extreme Spill Technology (EST) oil recovery system. The FAST 25.0m is an excellent patrol, standby, rescue, firefighting and oil spill vessel. Capable of crossing any ocean in any season it only needs 1.5 m of water, which allows use in deltas etc.
And the Oil Rig Supply Vessel or Escort Tug with Oil Recovery Barges
Sweeps over 200,000 m2/hour Heavy steel or aluminum construction, multi-purpose barges Can efficiently recover oil in 5.0m-6.0m waves at slower speeds Oil pumping capacity up to 3500 m3/hour with 24 Foilex TDS 250 oil transfer pumps
How it works A vacuum pump on top fills the oil-trapping tower with water like a straw sucking up a drink. The vessel drives over the oil slick and the floating oil slides under the vessel’s flat bottom. When the submerged oil reaches the underwater opening of the oil tower it floats upwardly to the top of the tower. When enough oil accumulates at the sealed tower top, sensors activate an oil transfer pump.
But much improved…………….. The JBF needs a conveyor belt and bow V-sweeps. These devices limit the working speed to 1.0 kt and are easily disrupted by wave impact, ice and oil entrainment. With close tolerances and delicate features, they are prone to breakdown. EST has no need of conveyor belts, bow V-sweeps, rotating brushes, discs and drums etc. EST’s system is rugged!
The EST Arctic oil skimmer ship 70m x 23m with only a 5m draft, this vessel can skim for oil at 4 kts and carry 2900 cubic metres of recovered oil (18,000 bbls). A multifunctional ship. It can steam at 2 kts in level, first-year ice. It can stay on-station cleaning oil for 30 days. It has emergency accommodations for 12 extra persons.