Skip to comments.The Pac-Man Ship That Eats Oil Spills
Posted on 06/11/2010 9:21:20 AM PDT by mgstarr
The Bottsand class oil recovery ships cruise just like any other vessel, until they reach an oil spill. Then, they open like Pac-Man, transforming into a machine that can clean the oil from 140 cubic meters of water per hour.
Created by the Deutsche Marinethe German Navythe Bottsand-class opens in half, creating an area to trap water to process in its 790 cubic meter tank. Obviously, one is not enough to clean BP's oilpocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico, but at this point in this huge disaster, anything can help.
The feds will never allow something as practical as this because it would work and make sense.
Better to hopey-changey through this problem than deal with it.
I heard on the radio yesterday that there are 12 fed agencies involved with the cleanup.
The decision making process is so clogged with bureaucrats that it would be impossible to even organize a BBQ.
Leave it to German engineering. Screw the Jones act, bring foreign ships.
Looks more like a protected water vessel, as the hinge at the back will have some interesting strains on it in any high waves.
that is one crazy looking ship. It looks like it would be an interesting task to steer in the right direction.
And these oil skimming ships would have worked much better if BP didn’t add dispursants to the oil at the wellhead. Now much of the oil isn’t reaching the surface until it gets almost to shore.
what happened to Kevin Costner’s system? Rush spoke with Stephen Baldwin about it several weeks ago.
There is not much, engineering wise, that a German can’t figure out..........
Except for Communism. Even the East Germans couldn’t make that work.
It looks like something from a James Bond film.
Rube Goldberg comes to mind. The fishing vessels now sweeping with booms in the Gulf cover a wider swath.
Use standard available vessels with add on skimming equipment.
That is cool. Hurray for ingenuity!
They only use cross eyed skippers
Reporting for duty!
Makes too much sense, BamBam will never allow this, might kill a backward swimming two nose upside fish.
Bottsand class oil recovery ship — meet the Obama Fail Boat.