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A Whale

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"A Whale" at Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil), on 15/03/2010.
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The "A Whale" oil skimming vessel has gotten a lot of publicity over the past week or so since it has arrived in the Gulf of Mexico. During the past couple of test runs by the "A Whale" skimmer, the ship has not been able to capture oil effectively, which is causing some to think that the "A Whale" skimmer vessel is just not going to work out as planned.
One of the main causes for the "A Whale" oil skimmer not being able to skim and process oil from the gulf effectively is because the long, thin slots on the front are capturing the oil from the waters.
The "A Whale" vessel captures oil by skimming it from the water through thin slots on both sides of the front of the ship.
The problem is that the gulf waters are rough, and the water level is in constant flux, thus not allowing the skimmer ship to capture the oil through the fixed slots on the front.
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Not all datat is known, yet.

IMO number :
9424209
Name of ship :
A WHALE
(since 01-01-2010)
Call Sign :
A8UA7
MMSI :
636014465
Gross tonnage :
172146
(since 01-01-2010)
DWT :
319869
Type of ship :
Ore/Oil Carrier
(since 01-01-2010)
Year of build :
2010
Flag :
Liberia
(since 01-01-2010)
Status of ship :
In Service/Commission
(since 06-01-2010)
Last update :
04-05-2010

Vessel Details

IMO Number:
9424209
Class Status:
LR Classed
Classification:
+100A1
Survey Types:
SS 01/10
Hull Notation:
ore or oil carrier
ESP
ShipRight (SDA, FDA, CM)
LI
SPM
Machinery Notation:
+LMC
UMS
IGS
Owner:
A Whale Corp
Flag:
Liberia

Career
Name:
A Whale
Owner:
Taiwan Maritime Transport Co. Ltd. (TMT) Republic of China (Taiwan)
Port of registry:
Liberia, Monrovia
Builder:
Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Ulsan, South Korea
Identification:
Call sign: A8UA7
IMO number: 9424209
MMSI no.: 636014465
Status:
Active as of 2010
General characteristics
Class and type:
Lloyds Register: 100A1
Type:
Ore-oil carrier
Tonnage:
319,869 DWT
Length:
340 m (1,120 ft)
Beam:
60 m (200 ft)
Draught:
11.3 m (37 ft)
Speed:
13.7 kn (25.4 km/h; 15.8 mph)