A vessel capable of dealing with major oil spillages in open water was designed jointly by IHC Holland and a Dutch firm of contractors and will be available 24 hr/d for dealing with spillages. A trailing-suction hopper dredger with a hopper capacity of approximately 5,000 cu m, the vessel is to maintain the depth of navigational channels along the Dutch coast. When an oil spill occurs, a team of experts would arrive aboard by helicopter, proceed to a fully equipped "disaster communications center," and set into action special arms carried as shipboard equipment which are lowered to the surface to clear the oil with wide sweeps of the arms. With each sweep, a 50-yd path is cleared. Oil is conducted to port and star-board collectors where it is drawn into centrifugal pumps and conveyed to the hopper. It is then separated and stored in tanks or transferred to a tanker.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wealden Press Limited

    South Park Ledge, Mayfield Lane
    Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6JE,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1979-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 12
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310861
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM