‘Black Gold’ is a 21 meter, fast work catamaran designed and built to showcase vessel based bio fuel technology, waste oil reprocessing and oil spill recovery.
Working in conjunction with of Allan Lear from TSS Construction, it is believed these new concepts can and will benefit many marine industry sectors both in environmentally friendly waste oil disposal and the making and using of bio-fuels at sea.
Some of the onboard features of this vessel include:
1. Waste Oil disposal.
This vessel will have the capability to collect and refine waste engine oil or vegetable oil.
The bio fuel is processed using the “state of the art” re-processing plant fitted aboard the vessel in the specially designed refinery compartments below deck. The bio fuel is then blended ready for consumption or to supply another vessel or land based facility.
The oils’ pick-up can be from a wharf/rig, ship or from shore via the hoses located on the reels of the foredeck. For the shore based pick-up the oil is pumped aboard by these same hoses deployed by the jet-boat tender and amphibious vessel. The AV is located on the upper foredeck and is lowered by the custom made davit. The jet-boat is located on a custom made Aft’ hydraulic platform which lowers into the water.
2. Onboard Tankage
The vessel has an onboard series of integral tanks throughout the hulls for use by different fuels and oils, such as diesel, waste oil, coconut oil, waste cooking oil and tallow. These will be refined and blended as biofuel which can be used to run diesel engines at a reduced cost.
3. Oil Spill Recovery
The aft’ platform is not only for the storage and lowering of the jet boat tender, it converts into a work platform and oil spill recovery. The oil being collected by the tenders and oil spill booms trapped between the catamaran hulls and scooped up by a jet assisted belt system attached to the platform which is in-turn pumped aboard to refine and dispatch to a sausage bladder. It is then to be collected later for further refinement into biofuel blend for diesel engines.
4. Low cost operation.
The vessel will itself run on the biofuels it makes. Allan Lear from TSS Construction claims “even to the extent of the near 100% coconut oil blend”.
5. Onboard workshop.
Includes: Lathe, saws, press drill, welders, sand blast gear and all that is needed for engineering in any remote location.