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.

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