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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-16-10 05:34 PM
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'Super skimmer' a giant bust in Gulf cleanup
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Source: Reuters

'All we found in the tanks was water, so it was very ineffective,' official says

updated 1 hour 27 minutes ago

HOUSTON A Taiwanese-owned "super skimmer" ship sent to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has collected virtually no oil in two weeks of tests, a U.S. Coast Guard official said on Friday.

"All we found in the tanks was water, so it was very ineffective," Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zunkunft, federal on-scene coordinator, told a news briefing.

The 1,100-foot "A Whale," an ore and oil carrier refitted for skimming, was sent by TMT Shipping Offshore to help clean up oil spewing since April 20 from BP's blown-out Macondo well.

The vessel arrived the first week of July in search of a contract with BP and began undergoing tests, which were hampered at first by bad weather. Conditions have since improved, and the tests have continued.

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