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Jul 5, 2010 10:54 AM by Sharlee Barriere

More Testing Needed for Giant Gulf Oil Skimmer

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Choppy seas have temporarily foiled attempts
to see if a giant oil skimmer can be a silver bullet for cleanup
efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bob Grantham, spokesman for Taiwanese shipping firm TMT, says
the company's vessel, dubbed "A Whale," will need further testing
off the coast of Louisiana.
Grantham said in an e-mail Monday that conditions in the Gulf
over the weekend were too choppy to get definitive answers on the
vessel's capability.
Billed as the world's largest oil skimmer, A Whale is supposed
to be able to suck up 21 million gallons of oily water per day.
Grantham says testing will resume as soon as the water is
calmer.

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