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Under Fire in Libya – the Continuing Saga of the Ore/Oiler “A Whale”

The strange saga of “A Whale” continues. The ship is reported to have recently come under fire by a Libyan Navy patrol boat, as it attempted to enter the Es Sider terminal in Northern Libya, apparently without clearance. The ship … Continue reading

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The Sorry Saga of the Ore/Oiler A Whale – From Miracle Skimmer to Bankruptcy & Abandoned Sailors

Unfortunately, the story is not that unusual. A ship owner in financial trouble and sailors find themselves abandoned on a ship, far from home, with no wages, and running out of food and fuel.  This is what has happened to … Continue reading

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Skimmer “A Whale” Sails for Dalian, China Spill

Lloyds List is reporting that the Skimmer “A Whale” which failed to collect significant amounts of oil in the Gulf of mexico from the BP spill is now en-route to the major spill in Dalian, China.  The more concentrated oil on the … Continue reading

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Skimmer “A Whale” Fails Second Round of Testing

After a second round of testing, the converted O/B/O skimmer A Whale has been judged a failure in skimming oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Giant oil skimmer ‘A Whale’ deemed a bust for Gulf … Continue reading

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Irony Watch: One Whale Not Skimming Oil & Another That May Be, Unfortunately

A sad irony that doesn’t actually involve whales.   The converted Ore/Bulk/Oil ship named “A Whale“ has not yet proven effective in skimming oil from the water, though modifications and testing continue. ‘A Whale’ oil skimmer testing extended a week Unfortunately, whale … Continue reading

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“A Whale” Skimmer Not Ready for Prime Time – Initial Testing Inconclusive

Whale of a skimmer not ready to attack Gulf oil after weekend of testing The behemoth Taiwanese oil skimmer, A Whale, is not yet ready attack the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a weekend of testing proved inconclusive, said … Continue reading

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“A Whale” to Begin Testing in the Gulf This Weekend – Will it Work?

“A Whale” is by far the biggest oil skimmer ever built.   The bigger question question may be, “Will it work?”  The converted oil/bulk ore carrier is currently docked in Boothville, La., docks as it is made ready for 48 hours … Continue reading

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“A Whale” – World’s Largest Oil Skimmer Waiting on EPA and Coast Guard Approval

Update:  According to her AIS (Automatic Identification System) the A Whale is now off Louisiana.  Thanks to Buck for pointing it out. Click here to see per position on the chart. A Taiwanese-owned, Liberian-flagged tanker,  the A Whale, has been modified … Continue reading

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