Jul 12, 2010 4:27 PM by Melissa Canone

Giant Oil Skimmer Faces Thursday Deadline To Show Progress

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A giant Taiwanese oil skimmer faces a
Thursday deadline to show progress in its efforts to help clean up
the massive spill.
Frank Maisano, a spokesman for the shipping company that owns
the "A Whale" skimmer, says rough seas have hampered its ability
to suck up oily water from an area near the gushing well. But
Maisano said the crew is making technical and tactical changes that
should improve its performance.
The A Whale has been performing tests in the Gulf since last
week. The Coast Guard has given the skimmer until Thursday to prove
its value.
The skimmer is capable of sucking up to 21 million gallons of
oily water per day.


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