A good ASTM F2709 test score is crucial for skimmers. Therefore, we recently traveled to the test facility of the Norwegian Coastal Administration, Kystverket, in Horten, Norway to test the FORU-340 extensively. The result? It passed with flying colors!
First and foremost, we ensured that all test requirements were met.
Requirements such as:
- A head of 3.5 meters
- A recovery space of at least three times the size of the skimmer
- A decrease in layer thickness from about 75mm to 50mm
- A minimum recovery time of 30 seconds per run
- Three successful runs
- The individual capacity of each run should not differ more than 20% from the arithmetic mean of the three tests conducted.
With help of the ASTM-F2709 we could determine the skimmer’s name plate capacity. Our score? 150 cubic meters an hour with a nearly 100% oil collection!
Apart from the ASTM testing we have also tested the FORU-340 with 0.5-meter waves as well as current, the FORU still scored a solid 140 cubic meters an hour while collecting 90-95% of oil.
We were glad to receive the first positive comments while the ASTM F2709 was still being conducted. The 70-year-old Norwegian test facility manager, for example, wondered why Norway’s leading government agency in this field hadn’t yet been notified of our concept. “It’s the best I’ve seen in my life!” he claimed. And his employees were quick to agree.
The employee who drafts all the reports was equally impressed.
The next step
With this ‘stamp of approval’, we envision a bright future for the FORU. Obviously, we will keep looking for ways to optimize oil spill recovery equipment, as we believe that development is an ongoing process!
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