Removal of liquid pollutants accidentally released onto water surface is a serious contemporary problem. Efficient remedial action requires that well-designed, reliable equipment be brought to the scene in a matter of hours and that a pollutant-rich liquid mixture be quickly recovered however uncongenial the prevailing weather and water conditions may be. Alsthom-Techniques des Fluides has developed a simple item of equipment for recovering oil slicks from water surfaces, the CYCLONET. Principal features are:
a. ready for action at short notice
b. high efficiency: mixture removed contains 80–100% pollutant
c. uncomplicated design with no moving parts below water surface
d. operates in rough water
e. adaptable to various types of craft
f. boat engine the only power requirement.