New hydrocarbon collection system for the Huelva Port Authority
The Huelva Port Authority expands its provision of resources in order to meet its contingency plan in the case of marine pollution. The scope of application, where appropriate is defined by the zone I or inside the port water. This is what we call the Interior Maritime Plan, which forms part of the National Response System in the case of marine pollution as approved by the Royal Decree 1695/2012.
This new provision is a high-speed hydrocarbon collection system that is formed by:
GUIDE BARRIERS: positioned in a V formation in order to direct the hydrocarbon stain from the entrance to the vertex creating a funnel effect.
These barriers have large diameter floating chambers and reduced size barrier skirts.
Thanks to this geometrical design, the barrier floats better, and it also reduces the turbulance generated around the barrier skirts and the tractive strength required to manage the system.
COLLECTING BAG: located in the vertex of the V shaped formed by the barriers. Its two main functions are to separate the hydrocarbon from the water and to store it separately.
DIVIDER: situated before the collection bag entry point. The purpose of this is to ensure that only the upper layers of liquid that are confined by the barriers are collected as this is where the hydrocarbon stain is found.
CONNECTOR. The collecting bags can be connected and disconnected from the system using this device.
OTHER SUBSTANCIAL BENEFITS:
- Tugboat speed of up to 4 knots.
- Functional for waves of up to 2m and with wind of up to 18m/s.
- Deployed in 10/17 minutes by just two operators.
- The length of the opening of the V is 28m.
- Each barrier is 29m in length.
- The collector bag has a storage capacity of 10m3 and is 10m in length.
- Interchangeable collector bags with a capacity from 10m3 to 30m3.