The key feature which differentiates the Oil Spill Recovery Unit (OSRU) from other oil spill cleaning systems is that it makes no attempt to 'skim' the spilt oil. Instead, large volumes of 'oil- contaminated' water are captured by booms deployed from each side of a large tanker and are directed inboard, via weir doors in the hull, to a large, centrifugally-enhanced separation tank. The oil-rich fluid is then collected and pumped to the vessel's other tanks for secondary settlement by conventional gravitational means. The water is drained off and pumped overboard. The two key components of the OSRU system are the separation tank and the booms for directing large volumes of contaminated seawater inboard.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Underwater Technology, v 21 n 1, Summer 1995, p 5 [7 p, 2 tab, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Baker, J H
  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
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  • Created Date: Mar 4 1996 12:00AM