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The mobile Balaena® OSRV was conceptualized to not only get to a spill’s location faster, but to also clean, separate and provide for removal and transportation of the recovered oil faster than any existing alternatives.
Our “Production Model” is currently being manufactured and we are accepting orders. This vessel can be trailered/towed without permits on highways by non-commercial vehicles and is designed to be compatible with a C130 transport aircraft.3.3.
Common features include rapid mobilization and transit; the ability to unilaterally “seek and destroy” small spills or patches with or without boom containment, while also being compatible with existing OSR infrastructure to participate in concert with traditional OSR solutions. Available is shallow water design or Deep V hull.
Shallow marshes, pools, and/or fixed deployments likely indicate the use of shallow water pods (testing at Ohmsett in October 2022) for areas under docks and wetlands spill collection, as well as containerized versions for fixed installations, or deployment from existing OSR vessels.
Variant marshes and bayous impose draft restrictions that are better suited to distributing the ingestion phase of recovery to shallow water pods connected to either a collection vessel that is standing off in deeper water or a containerized solution on deck, on land, or in the water nearby. We have designed and built subscale prototypes of these shallow water collection pods that demonstrate great promise in extending the capability of recovery operations into difficult to reach places. Shallow water pods are envisioned to work as an extension of a Balaena® OSRV or a modularized solution, in both mobile and fixed deployments.
Meet the Balaena® Vessel
Our mobile and self-propelled Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) can recover spills in a wide array of marine environments including flat water, running currents, and chop. Our current vessel can store on board up to 1,800 gallons of recovered product for transport to dockside for offloading.
On larger spills using our system integrated crude oil-transfer pumps, we can discharge recovered oil to transport barges or bladder bags with no interruption to our collection process.
Response time is the determining factor for a disaster’s impact and damage, which is why we’ve developed a self-propelled, mobile OSRV that will not only get the job done, but it will get the job done quickly and efficiently.
How It Works
As the Balaena® vessel collects oils and other harmful pollutants, it discards clean water as a byproduct. We call this our non-emulsifying separation process. The result is an unprecedented oil-to-water ratio, and helps us cover more surface area in a shorter amount of time.
If a small oil spill is within the Balaena’s capacity, the vessel can simply de-ballast after substantial oil collection, and then safely transport the recovered oil to shore. At this point, the oil is transferred to a storage tank for disposal or treatment.
During cleanup of a larger oil spill, the vessel utilizes an on-board crude oil transfer pump. This helps transfer the water’s oil into the transport barges or bladder bags. As this happens, the pump offloads the recovered oil into the barges or bags for further disposal or treatment.