CEO David Prior attended Offshore Arabia 2014 and gave a talk on the EST system in Session 2.
EST was asked to participate in CNOOC/Nexen's Canada-China Business Mission (Beijing, March 16-21), which Mr. Prior also attended.
In June, David Prior attended the Oil Spill Response Workshop in Beijing (June 24-25, 2014).
Using data from the Ohmsett testing in 2012, EST designed new oil skimmer vessels for a Middle East oil company. The first is a steel-hulled, 22m vessel with accommodations for 16 crew. This vessel is based on the world-famous Canadian fishing vessels that work on the fishing banks of the North Atlantic. Particulars are:
LOA: 22m BOA: 8.25m Draft: 1.2m to 1.8m Oil Storage Capacity: 50m3
This vessel utilizes several oil spill recovery technologies in addition to the EST system. They are modular and install-uninstall within minutes.
The second is a fast, multi-purpose 11.4m catamaran oil skimmer built in aluminum or fibreglass and powered with twin Deutz diesel engines with MJP 251 HT jet drives. It can be built as a low-silhouette, fast riverine patrol boat with EST oil spill capability. It will also be a good work horse around beaches and quite seaworthy in open water. All or part of it can be built with resin-infused fibreglass and Kevlar to provide lightweight, armoured protection. Like all EST skimmer vessels, it can be equipped with a charcoal filtering system for the wheelhouse and interior. Particulars are:
LOA: 11.4m BOA: 5.8m Draft: 0.4m to 0.9m Oil Storage Capacity: 12m3
CEO David Prior returned to Beijing in November and participated in the 2nd Oil Spill Response Workshop symposium held there in December. TOPCO, the show's organizers, have asked him to join the steering committee for the 2013 workshop conference.
New skimmer gets green light for commissioning
In September, the completed 12m EST oil skimmer announced in May was shipped by truck to the large Ohmsett tank-testing facilities in New Jersey, where it passed final tests with flying colors prior to return for commissioning and handover to the Canadian Coast Guard in Charlottetown, PEI.
(See official Press Release)
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Live oil recovery tests positive in China
In August, our 6m EST prototype oil skimmer recovered Bunker C and diesel oils off the coast of China in live tests monitored by its coast guard, the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA). Recovery was virtually 100%, and industry giants PetroChina and Sinopec have since expressed serious interest. Read more »
CCG skimmer vessel a go
In May, Public Works Canada signed a $396,000 contract for a 12m EST oil spill recovery vessel for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), with subcontract work on the hull and other components begun almost immediately. Delivery was slated for October 2012.
Engagement in China
CEO David Prior again spent winter and spring in Beijing conferring on oil spill technology with Chinese business, government and military officials, and representing EST at major trade shows in China and Dubai.
- EST wins Ocean Environmental Protection Award in London
- EST launches 6m prototype at key Chinese trade show
- EST awarded Engage Grant for new research led by Memorial's Dr. Wei Qiu
- EST unveils plans for 70m Arctic oil skimmer ship
- EST proposal selected for Canadian Innovation Commercialization Program
- See details in our 2011 news archive »
EST in the media
- Read our lead editorial on Arctic spill issues:
North Slope Borough Oil Spill Update »
- Read our article Meeting the Challenge of Oil Spill Mitigation in the Arctic in the Winter 2012 edition of the Canadian Naval Review