A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel was preparing to sail Friday evening to the scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The owners of the “A Whale” – the length of 3 1/2 football fields and 10 stories high – said the ship features a new skimming approach that has never been attempted on such a large scale. They are anxious to put it to its first test in the Gulf.“We really have to start showing people what we can do,” said Bob Grantham, project coordinator for TMT Group, a Taiwan-based shipping company.
The company said it also needs a waiver of the 1920 Jones Act, which limits the activities of foreign-flagged ships in coastal U.S. waters. The A Whale is Liberian-flagged vessel.
Ah… the Jones Act.
Much as been written about it but is it really a problem?
It is what any large government operation does.
It becomes mired in indecision, bungling and flat-out stupidity!