BP Gulf Oil Spill Update : Worlds Largest skimmer vessel In Help For BP – Results To Come Soon


UK Today News: BP Gulf Oil Spill Update : Worlds Largest skimmer vessel In Help For BP – Results To Come Soon

BP Gulf Oil Spill – A Whale : The results of what is called the biggest skimming vessel in the world, which has been working in the gulf for almost a week now, would be out soon. The large skimming vessel called ‘A Whale’ which is converted from a cargo ship, has been working in the gulf from the past weekend, which is a 25 sq. mile patch, in attempt to separate the crude oil from the sea.

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TMT Shipping Offshore’s converted supertanker, ”A Whale’ – Picture Curtesy Reuters.

Now, according to the officials, if the test results are successful, this vessel would play a very big role in the cleanup of the Gulf, as it would be the largest active skimming vessel.

The results are due soon, according Bob Grantham, spokesperson of BP. The giant vessel which gulps in water mixed with oil and then separates the water from oil, can do as much as 21 million gallons a day, which is almost 250 times more than the normal converted fishing vessel would do in a day.

On the other hand, BP has announced that it has already undergone a loss of $3.12 billion during the whole course of the disaster.

There are around 550 vessels cleaning up the sea from the oil spill. But recently the Federal Authorities had to close down one section of the fishing area near the gulf of Louisiana on Sunday, because tens and thousands of gallons of oil is still being spilled into the Gulf.

The skimming vessel ‘A Whale’ arrived in the gulf on Wednesday, and is awaiting to join the forces who are cleaning up the oil spilled gulf. More relief news came in that 300 more new vessels would be called in to help the existing vessels in the cleanup efforts.


  1. We need a comment from the Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry

    Landry’s done this before—she oversaw the 2003 spill in Buzzards Bay, Massachussets . Then, as now, her initial reports of the spill total were way off. Landry, a Coast Guard rear admiral, has gone from taking reporters’ questions at the White House to giving reporters tours of the damage, but there are also reports that the Coast Guard is keeping reporters and photographers from getting a full picture – and doing so at the behest of BP. (The Coast Guard says they are accommodating as many media requests as they can; Landry hasn’t commented).

    We have got to ask how the response to the Gulf of Mexico spill compares to the 2003 Bouchard B 120 oil spill in Buzzards Bay,Massaacusetts?

    Two things come to mind. First the U.S.Court of appeals never allowed the state of Massachusetts to enforce the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act of 2004. The Coast Guard appealed the rules because of an intercoastal turf war leaving the state with no new laws to protect the bay. Second the residential property claims of thousands of residents have been tied up in the Massachusetts court system for the past eight years. How will residential property owners around the gulf have to wait?

    On April 27, 2003, eight years ago the Bouchard Barge B-120 hit an obstacle in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts creating a 12-foot rupture in its hull and discharging an estimated 100,000 gallons of No. 6 oil.