Wednesday, July 28, 2010

'Super skimmer' a giant bust in Gulf cleanup

The Super skimmer turns out to be a super sucker.

"While its stature is impressive, 'A Whale' (Pictured) is not ideally suited to the needs of this response," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zunkunft, a federal on-scene coordinator, said in a statement late on Friday.

The vessel will not be deployed as a part of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response.

The tanker collected virtually no oil in two weeks of tests, Zunkunft said at a news briefing earlier on Friday.

"All we found in the tanks was water, so it was very ineffective," he said at the briefing."

Read more at msnbc.


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