DEVELOPMENT IN FRANCE OF AN OFFSHORE OIL SPILL PICK-UP SYSTEM

An off-shore oil skimmer along with required peripheral equipment has been developed by the French Government. The system is a result of efforts by the Centre National pour l'Exploitation des Oceans (CNEXO) on the basis of the Vortex Oil Drinker developed by the Elf Petroleum Company and Bertin et Cie. The Marine Marchande has acquired four such systems to be maintained in a state of readiness to combat large off-shore spills. The devices have a capacity of up to 1,000 CPM oil collection and are designed to be rapidly towed to the site of a spill. A system description is presented along with general aspects of the development program. Preliminary shake-down trials have been conducted and sea trials with the four production units are scheduled for the immediate future. The Vortex Oil Drinker has been used in real spill incidents in the harbors of Le Havre and Brest. A description of those operations and summary of the results are also presented.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • 1975 Offshore Technology Conference Proceedings, Volume 1.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Offshore Technology Conference

    6200 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  United States  45206
  • Authors:
    • Ricci, R J
    • Amande, MJC
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1975-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 563-569

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098244
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OTC #2202 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM