Containment and Recovery of Floating Oil
Oil recovery systems typically have a swath width of only a few meters and move at slow speeds whilst recovering oil. Thus, even if they can be operational within a few hours, it will not be feasible for them to encounter more than a fraction of a widely spread slick. This is the main reason why containment and recovery at sea rarely results in the removal of more than a relatively small proportion of a large spill, at best only 10 - 15% and often considerably less. This article focuses on containment and recovery of floating oil from the sea.