FAQ

- IF the ORCA’s cylindrical tanks holds only 14 bbls, how is the a high recovery rate and volume achieved ?

The  answer is by using the “Universal Hatch Cover”. You can view this in the video – the scene shows the intake of a plastic coat being sucked into the barge by way of the floatation device into the Universal Hatch Cover without going into the ORCA’s  cylindrical tank itself.

- WHY is it that the ORCA™ takes in so little water when involved in oil spill recovery ?

This is attested to by Singapore Oil Spill Response Centre in their use of the ORCA in the “Evoikos” oil spill in 1997, which spilled 28,000 MT of 380 Fuel oil.(PLEASE SEE ATTACHED WEB-SITE PRINTOUT OF “EXPERTS ON OIL-SPILL-WEB)

The answer to this lies in the ability to regulate the power pack. In the scene mentioned above we show an orange/yellow plastic raincoat being taken in via the floatation device. In the close up of the hose mouth area, there is hardly any turbulence and yet the ORCA shows that it can suck up the plastic raincoat. The shot was taken to demonstrate that with the RPM reduced and hardly any turbulence, the ORCA can still suck up a plastic rain coat which is heavy when floating in the water.

In the scene which follows that one, we show the hose mouth being hand held. One can notice the oil being sucked up in droplets and in a cyclonic/tornado like fashion- it is as if the ORCA is ‘peeling’ the oil from the water ! With the RPM reduced the amount and volume per second is reduced however when one has a light oil sheen and one only wishes to recover oil, the best method would be to reduce the RPM and take in as little water as possible.

-WHY doesn’t the water get sucked up ?

Under this mode of operation with the RPM greatly reduced, whereas the oil is conveyed up through the hose in oil droplets, the water droplets join together causing the air intake to be blocked as they rise in a column up the hose, rather than in a cyclonic/tornado like manner. Once this happens the system burps out the water and goes back to only taking in the oil.

- WHAT does one have to do to make the ORCA powerful enough to lift heavy debris or water if one wants to ?

The answer is increase the RPM ! The ORCA™ when it needs to be used as POWERFUL suction system not only takes up water but also other weighed down floating debris that is typical of an oil spill (dead fish, birds, sea animals, seaweed et cetera). The ORCA™ loves TARBALLS, which no other existing skimmer can handle.

-WHAT is the maximum height the ORCA™ can ‘suck’ up product ?

From tests conducted on Very Large Crude tankers, the highest we have removed sludge like oil and bags of sludge and other material was 33 meters. However on land we have gone up as high as 60 meters vertically, without any loss of suction power. We have however lost suction capabilities when using the system on river garbage when the hose has been extended horizontally over 33 meters. The ORCA can still lift the debris but at a reduced intake.

-WHAT are the differences between a typical skimmer and the ORCA?

The differences are numerous and have been highlighted in the section marked “Revolutionary NEW Technology” and reproduced here for easy reference

      • COST EFFECTIVE & FASTER CLEANUP
  • UP TO 500 BARRELS PER HOUR DEPENDING ON THE VISCOSICITY & WEATHER CONDITIONS
  • PORTABLE
  • SELF POWERED
  • NO BATTERIES OR ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WORKS WITH A HYDRAULIC START
  • EASY AND SAFE TO OPERATE – THE ORCA USES AMOT CONTROLS
  • VORTEX POWER/HIGH SPEED AIRFLOW
  • IMPOSSIBLE TO CLOG
  • SUCKS UP OIL, RUST &SCALE FLOATING GARBAGE, TARBALLS, MOUSSE, SEAWEED, DEAD FISH-OTTERS-BIRDS, FISH NETS.
  • CAN OPERATE WITH AS LOW AS 2 PSI VACUUM
  • CLEANS OUT COFFERDAMS, BILGES DIFFICULT TO ACCESS   DOUBLE BOTTOM TANKS
  • SAVES ON EQUIPMENT, OPERATING & MAINTENANCE COSTS
    • MAKES COMPANIES MORE COMPETITIVE AND PROFITABLE

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Self-contained and portable with the power pack that fits inside the ORCA during shipment.
Hydraulic legs that extend 1.38 metres and can be made to walk over obstructions on deck.
Has its own hydraulic crane and pressure washer.

Questions? Please mail us.

Oil spills demand quick, reliable response and that’s where the ORCA gets to work fast. The first truly portable, multipurpose rapid oil recovery system, the ORCA can be onboard ready to meet any emergency.

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