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Marine PollutionProtection System Installed on First Vessels

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Summary: “Marine pollution-protection system installed on first vessels” Oil &amp. Gas Journal October 18, 2004: 58. In the October 18, 2004 issue of the Oil &amp. Gas Journal the “christening of the first oil tanker equipped with a preinstalled fast oil-recovery system for use in a shipwreck” was announced. The ship, the Valtamed, owned by Navigazione Montanari (Tamoil) was christened a month earlier at the Daewoo Shipbuilding &amp. Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyards on Koje Island (Geoje), South Korea.
System vendor JLMD Ecologic Group SA headquartered in Nice, France (http://www.jlmdsystem.com/en/Accueil.aspx) described the system as reducing the pollution resulting from damage to oil and chemical tankers and all ships with large capacity fuel tanks. Specifically, they asserted that 70 to 90% of potential liquid pollution could be removed from a sunken vessel. In a media release accompanying the launching of the Valtamed, JLMD Ecologic stated, “Hundreds of ships potentially equipped with the system over the next 2 years mean good news for marine environmental protection groups."
The system employs hydrostatic pressure to empty the tanks of a sunken vessel. A surface support vessel uses an unmanned submersible to attach pipes to the lowest points in the sunken vessels tanks. Water is then pumped through the system and the pressure forces the potential pollution out a second set of pipes attached to the highest point in the sunken vessels tanks and up to the surface support vessel.
JLMD Ecologics media release also stated that 3 more ships with the system would be sailing by the end of 2004, 30 more ships were slated for installation of the system and another 50 orders were pending.
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“Marine pollution-protection system installed on first vessels” Oil &amp. Gas Journal October 18, 2004: 58.