I am on the hook down stream from it. Also had a large Derrick Barge that looks like a floating motel anchor behind us tonight.
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NEW ORLEANS — A converted tanker billed as the world’s largest oil skimmer is being tested in the Gulf of Mexico, where officials hope it will scrub millions of gallons of oil-tainted seawater. Frank Maisano, spokesman for the Taiwanese shipping firm that owns the vessel, dubbed “A Whale,” confirmed Saturday that tests have begun. More literate article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704699604575343230185357188.html?mod=googlenews_wsj.
NPR described the action in 4th grade terms: "The ship is just a giant, floating decanter. The captain will wiggle the ship’s nose very slowly and water will rush through the slats into a series of tanks. As the oil rises to the top, it’ll be siphoned off and the water goes back into the Gulf — still oily, but less so. "
Hope it actually works, but it won’t be “perfect” so EPA is still concerned. I figure anything is worth trying.