October 13, 2010
Coastal Environmental Services unveils new design skimmer
Coastal Environmental Services has launched a new line of oil skimming boats that, it says, promises to leave conventional skimming vessels in its wake. The company is an affiliate of Coastal Construction Group, a leading general contractor with more than $1.2 billion in current projects, .
The 38 ft Near Shore Rapid Response Oil Recovery Vessel (NSRRV), currently operating in the Gulf recovering oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, functions as a skimmer, separator and transporter. It can be sailed through oil of any thickness and recover oil from depths of up to three feet below the surface, according to Coastal Environmental. Tests at the National Oil Spill Response Research and Renewable Energy Test Facility (OHMSETT), which provides independent and objective performance testing of full-scale oil spill response equipment, reportedly showed it to be capable of collecting 100 percent of heavy oil and 90 percent of oil sheen while effectively collecting and storing tar balls.
"The NSRRV is the most effective, economical and reliable boat in the industry," said Coastal Environmental Services VP Erin Murphy. "It is highly maneuverable, can spin within its own length, is trailerable, self launching and can be activated quickly whenever an oil spill is detected."
The design allows for oil and water to pass through the entry slot beneath the vessel's inclined bow. The mixture then enters a large open well where the velocity of the fluid slows naturally, allowing the oil to separate and rise. Clean water then exits through slots located at the bottom of the well.
Powered by twin 150 horsepower outboards, the boat features a quick discharge/pump-out rate from the onboard well with a capacity of up to 2,500 gallons (60 barrels). Suction equipment can pump oil directly from the boat well onto a barge or pump station.The skimming process involves no moving parts, resulting in a virtually maintenance free operation.
"Other oil skimming vessels on the market only collect oil from the first few inches of the surface of the water, and they have multiple mechanisms and moving parts in the skimming operation," said Erin Murphy. "Our new unit recovers oil from depths up to three feet below the surface, and has no moving parts in the skimming operation that would require ongoing maintenance."
The oil spill clean-up from the Deepwater Horizon well continues to be a major operation for both BP and the surrounding coastal communities. Many scientists say it is too early to judge the severity of the environmental damage caused by the leak.
"As long as we continue to drill or transport oil across our seas, the potential for a spill exists," said Tom Murphy, Jr., chairman and CEO of Coastal Construction Group. "Rapid recovery vessels like the NSRRV are a safeguard for communities and for companies that drill."
Coastal Environmental Services specializes in hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, fire and other major disaster remediation. It extended its disaster recovery business unit to include oil skimming and clean-up efforts after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.