In April of 2015 we started meeting with the only Emergency Response company in Weihai, China. It was decided that we would participate in a salvage operation that was to take place later in the summer.
In late August and early September salvage operations began on a ship that had gone ashore near the town of Shidao. Although there was little chance of any significant oil spill during this operation, we decided we could help assist with boom deployment, debris collection and of course, collect any oils or other fluids that may accidently get spilled.
With that in mind we delivered our 4.99m prototype to the scene to assist both the salvage company and the response company in any way needed.
While in the area we decided to do some testing with collection of everyday garbage and debris in the port.
As a containment boom was previously set at the scene of the accident, we were only required to patrol the area for any debris and possible fluids that may escape containment as well as re-attach the boom from time to time as the salvage barge left to unload its cargo and when it returned to the site.
Although there wasn’t a spill to truly demonstrate our products ability, it did give us an opportunity to demonstrate other applications and show that we could effectively collect even the smallest particles of oils and residues as well as collect debris and oils/fluids at the same time.
Overall we were able to demonstrate the products applications, maneuverability and simple operation for the salvage company, emergency response company and China Maritime Safety Association.