January 4, 1982 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

LOOP Fits Three Vessels With Oil Spill Recovery Units By Offshore Devices

LOOP, the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, is outfitting three workboats to accommodate oil pollution collection equipment.

Offshore Devices, Inc., of Peabody, Mass., the spill equipment manufacturer, has adapted its U.S. Coast Guard open water skimming barrier for use aboard a single fishing or supply-type boat. A portable aluminum outrigger holds a 65-foot section of external tension line skimming barrier off the vessel side.

Lightweight pumps and an oilwater separator complete the system and give a recovery rate capability of over 500-gpm, in 3 to 4-foot waves. Use of the separator allows storage of high percentages of oil even when used for skimming thin slicks. Total package weight is approximately 5,300 pounds.

Acquisition of the system follows the permanent installation by LOOP of two similar systems — one for each side — aboard a 70-foot modified shrimp boat.

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