Ecoceane Pollution Control Vessels


Ecoceane is a young company that has built on the experience within its shipyard in Paimpol, Brittany, in  France to develop a range of oil spill and solid waste clean up vessels which are highly specialised and adapted to keeping the marine environment clean.


With over 100 boats sold in 31 countries Ecoceane are leaders in marine pollution control.

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They have been called “Vacuum cleaners of the sea” and are aluminium catamarans built under Bureau Veritas supervision, using simple patented techniques to collect oil without using any chemicals.


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Operating Principle


On engine start-up, a water flow is created between the twin hulls and floating waste is sucked in. This flow is separated into two layers, the lower layer discharging clear water via the propeller in the stern.


The surface layer carrying floating waste and hydrocarbons is first passed through a wire mesh basket to collect floating debris. The basket is emptied into a storage container on deck. The hydrocarbons are captured by an integrated oil interceptor and stored. The cleaned surface water is discharged at the stern.


Hydrocarbons are drawn in by the turbine effect of the propeller, such that the oil layer is sucked in whether the vessel is moving forwards, astern, or is stationary. The vessels can work in confined spaces, between boats in a marina, or moving along a dock wall, due to the rollers in the four corners of its structure.


There are families of vessels in three ranges. The Cataglop® range, four boats ranging in size from 6.6 metres to 9 metres, designed for small ports, marinas and inshore tasks. The CG66, CG83 & CG92 boats are road trailer transportable.


The latest addition is the Workglop® range (10.8 to 13.5 metres), able to provide wind farm and offshore platform support as well as pollution clean up, with its deck crane, load carrying and towing capability and the ability to work autonomously for extended periods.


In addition there is the Spillglop® family (18 - 24 metres) for major offshore spills. These are able to work in winds up to force 6/7 and can tow floating flexible oil storage tanks to allow large amounts of oil to be collected. The system is far more efficient than traditional boom/skimmer methods and the vessels can also work in heavier sea states and at higher speeds.


See also:

Industrial Apparatus Consultants Limited -104A Baker Street, London. W1U 6TN - Tel: 020 7486 6474 - Fax: 020 7487 2757


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