THE ELENI V OIL SPILL

Following the collision of the Greek Motor Vessel Eleni V and a French ore carrier off the coast of Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, in May 1978, a Mk II-9 Oil Mop machine was set up on the North Beach area of Lowestoft where an extensive pocket of oil was trapped behind the ruins of an old sea wall. After 3 hr of operation an effective recovery rate of 5 TPH was established. Vacuum trucks set up by the local Council found it impossible to pump the oil so a small steam generating plant was brought in to heat the oil. Two more Mk II-9 and 1 Mk II-4 machines were put into service, and because there was only 1 generating plant, all the equipment was operated in close formation. Overall recovery by the machines during the 16 d period was 1,024 T. The oil:water ratio in the emulsion was reasonably stable at about 50:50. Free water mechanically trapped in the recovered oil, and the water from the generating plant, was decanted from the vacuum trucks before they left to discharge their loads.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wealden Press Limited

    South Park Ledge, Mayfield Lane
    Wadhurst, East Sussex TN5 6JE,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 17
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM