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Szczecin/ Environmentally friendly oil spill control system

The demonstration of oil spill control with biodegradable absorbent technology took place at Wały Chrobrego in Szczecin. Photo: PAP/Marcin Bielecki 28.06.2018 The demonstration of oil spill control with biodegradable absorbent technology took place at Wały Chrobrego in Szczecin. Photo: PAP/Marcin Bielecki 28.06.2018

A consortium, whose members include the Maritime University of Szczecin, has created a system for controlling oil spills on water by using environmentally friendly absorbers and collecting them with a special net.

Journalists could see the new system last week on the ship of the Maritime Search and Rescue Service "Kapitan Poinc" moored at the Szczecin wharf.

According to Lucjan Gucma from the Maritime University of Szczecin, the system consists of a barrier for collecting oil spills with absorbents that are caught in a fishing net. Gucma added that "the task of the barrier is to intercept the absorbents caught in the net, that were earlier dropped from a plane".

"Absorbents are hydrophobic bricks, which repel water but absorb oil. Later, they can be picked up or collected using special vacuum cleaners, and then recycled" - explained Gucma.

Gucma explained that the system is designed to be used as an additional measure when it is not possible to deploy traditional barriers and in hard-to-reach places such as reeds, or as the last stage of removing oil spills.

The consortium plans to transfer the system to one of the oil spill control services operating on the southern Baltic.

The project consortium leader is the university in Rostock, Germany, and the remaining members are a university in Malmo, Sweden and the Maritime University of Szczecin.

PAP - Science in Poland, Kacper Reszczyński

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