Earlier this week we challenged gCaptain readers in a contest to identify a rather odd looking ship (shown above). Sure enough, the first commentor “Philip” nailed it, point us to the Wikipedia page of the German “Bottsand”class, also known as a split hull oil recovery vessel (SHORV). According to the Bottsan class page:
The Bottsand class oil recovery ships (Type 738) of the German Navy are intended for seawater pollution control. The twin hull ships feature a bow which can be opened by 65 degrees. This creates an area of more than 40 m² to collect oil-polluted seawater. The water is pumped into the ship’s 790 m³ tank, where it will be cleaned and the oil separated. Per hour one ship can clean up to 140 m³ of ocean surface polluted with a 2 mm oil slick.
Thanks to everyone that took the time to research and comment. “Philip”, would you please email admin (at) gcaptain.com to receive your prize!