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SOS: A New Design Concept for Seaway Independent Oil Skimming

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Günther Clauss

Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Mazen Abu Amro

Technical University Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2004-51193, pp. 403-410; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, Volume 1, Parts A and B
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June 20–25, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore, and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3743-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3738-6
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Tanker catastrophes like the sinking of the “Erika” off the coast of Brittany and the “Prestige” off the coast of Spain revealed the shortcomings of existing oil combating systems to operate in open seas during severe weather. This paper presents various oil recovery systems of the German oil combating fleet and an analysis of their associated hydrodynamic problems. Design improvements for increasing operability and efficiency of oil recovery systems are proposed, taking advantages and drawbacks of existing oil recovery vessels into account. A new design concept is applied to the development of a S eaway Independent O il S kimmer (SOS), which is presently being investigated at TU Berlin. A skimming module based on a new working principle enables the future generation of oil recovery vessels to operate in rough sea states. To evaluate the new oil-skimming system numerical simulations are conducted for a wide spectrum of operating conditions. The results are confirmed by experimental investigation including oil layers.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Design



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