The City of Buffalo has developed an oil-debris removal boat under the auspices of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has an overall length of 40 feet and a beam of 14 feet with a draft ranging from 18 in to 27 in depending upon the oil load. It is powered by two diesel engines with 24-inch diameter twin screws and has a 6 ft X 8 ft cabin. Electrical power for operating equipment is provided by a 15-kw generator. In a spill situation, the oil-water mixture is delivered into two separators via an electric pump and a mop-head, developed by the U. S. Navy. Two 800-gallon tanks are available for storing retrieved oil.
For debris retrieval, a hydraulically-operated crane with a reach of 19 ft 2 in is mounted on the deck at the bow of the boat. This unit includes a power-operated winch and specially designed basket for debris removal.
Additional storage capacity for retrieved oil or debris is provided by a specially designed Dinosaur Dumpster trash container unit which serves as a floating barge. When this is filled to capacity, the unit can be floated to shore and retrieved at a ramp by a pickup truck specially designed to transport the dumpster to the city incinerator.
The oil-debris removal boat is used in conjunction with portable booms. For transporting these booms to the site of the spill, a trailer was constructed.
More specific details on the boat and its operations can be found in a separate report titled “Oil-Debris Removal Boat (Samuel Wilkenson).” This report was submitted to the EPA. January 1, 1975.