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Tests on Gulf oil "superskimmer" inconclusive: TMT

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posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 11:46 AM
Looks like the A Whale will be a little longer in getting to work. They are reporting that due to high seas they will need more time to conduct testing.


By Matthew Bigg

NEW ORLEANS | Mon Jul 5, 2010 11:50am EDT

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Tests on a supertanker adapted to skim large quantities of oily water from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico are inconclusive because of high seas, ship owner TMT Shipping Offshore said on Monday.

Tests on the so-called "super skimmer" conducted just north of the blown out BP Plc well were supposed to be completed on Monday but have been extended because of the weather, said spokesman Bob Grantham.

"After an initial 48-hour testing period results remain inconclusive in light of the rough sea state we are encountering," Grantham said.

"Therefore, working in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, we will be undertaking an additional testing period to make operational and technological adjustments aimed at improving skimming effectiveness given the actual conditions we are encountering in the Gulf," he said.

He said smaller skimming vessels were also struggling to operate in the conditions caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Alex, which passed through the Gulf last week.

Edit to correct heading

[edit on 5-7-2010 by Wayne60]

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 11:49 AM
sounds like a load of horse puckey..
I may be wrong but this just looks like one big stall tactic....


posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 11:57 AM
reply to post by Mike Stivic

I hope they're just erring on the side of safety and wanting to be certain this thing works as planned, but with the way this entire thing has been handled, you never know what to think.

posted on Jul, 5 2010 @ 04:42 PM
reply to post by Mike Stivic

Really? What would be the benefit of that? Alex roughed up the waters. That seems like a reasonable reason to have problems... It's not like any of these ships are making a very large dent in the spill anyway. It's going to take them years to skim this all up. A delay of a few days seems insignificant in the long run.

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