The results from the testing the A Whale in the Gulf oil spill are in. According to Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zunkunft after two week of testing the A Whale recovered no oil. From Reuters Giant 'super skimmer' no help with Gulf oil spill.
"The results are the amount of oil recovered by the A Whale is nil," Zunkunft said"The A Whale is the wrong tool for the job.
Good post by a mariner at Oil-Electric: A Whale: Super Skimmer or Great White Elephant? (Update 7-5)
New release from Unified Command here
My other post on the A Whale:
Video of T/V A Whale in Operation.
"A Whale" - Pay by Barrel Recovered, Not by the Day
The "A Whale" - Not a skimmer - The Gulf not a lawn
Would Supertankers be useful on the GoM Oil Spill?