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REMOTELY CONTROLLED BOOMS FOR OIL RECOVERY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000225851D
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 97K

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Abstract

Generally, oil spill recoveries from the surface of water are covered by conventional oil spill recovery system and apparatus. A solution is disclosed in this publication that allows for greater efficiency when cleaning up oil spills and more flexibility in operation such as encircling smaller spills. This is achieved by connecting extended booms dragged by two remote crafts to the oil recovery vessel. Each remote craft drags the corresponding attached boom behind it, which can be individually steered by the oil recovery vessel similar to a remote control car. The booms extend far beyond the normal reach of conventional controllable boat booms. Using separate remotely controlled craft to control extended booms allows for more effective concentration of surface oil towards the collecting vessel and hence improves efficiency of oil recovery from the water.

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REMOTELY CONTROLLED BOOMS FOR OIL RECOVERY

BACKGROUND

This publication relates to treatment of oil spills and in particular relates to recovery of marine oil spills. During an oil spill, oil recovery craft must recover as much oil as possible from the surface of the water. Conventionally various methods and apparatus have been developed for the rapid confinement and recovery of oil spills on waterways due to the extreme and long-lasting damage that the released oil can inflict on marine life and shorelines. Rapid containment and recovery of a spill is critical to minimize environmental damage and cleanup costs. While numerous oil recovery apparatus and systems have been developed, existing systems have insufficient capacity for better and more flexible oil recovery such as encircling smaller spills which would ensure that they are being properly dealt with rather than being partially cleaned.

Thus in order to overcome the above drawbacks, a new approach of using a separate remotely controlled oil recovery craft to control extended booms for efficient oil recovery is disclosed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

Remotely controlled booms for oil recovery are described further with reference to the following drawings:

Figure 1 illustrates a plan view of the oil spill recovery vessel using remotely controlled booms.

Figure 2 illustrates a remote craft dragging a boom for oil spill recovery.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

This publication discloses a solution that allows for more effective concentration of surface oil towards the oil collecting vessel by using separate remotely controlled craft to control operation of extended booms.

 

 


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Figure 1: Plan view of oil recovery vessel using remotely controlled booms

The plan view of the oil recovery vessel with two extended booms on two sides is shown in Fig. 1. As shown in Fig. 1, two remote vessels attached to the corresponding extended boom on either side of the oil recovery vessel drag the booms to recover as much oil as possible from the surface of the water. Figure 2 shows a remote craft dragging the boom, positioned below the sea surface. The remote craft is attached to the boom by a tether and is provided with propellers and steering fins. The remote craft would be powered from the oil recovery vessel through e...