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Skim it to clean it

A supertanker adapted to scoop up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico began tests on Saturday.

world Updated: Jul 04, 2010 21:04 IST

A supertanker adapted to scoop up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico began tests on Saturday.

The vessel named “A Whale” and dubbed a “super skimmer” is operating just north of the blown out well as part of a two-day test watched by the US Coastguard, said Bob Grantham, spokesman for TMT Shipping Offshore, which owns the ship.

If all goes to plan TMT hopes to sign a clean-up contract for the ship.