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Background to Slicks
Background to Slicks

MAYFLOWER DRONE:   Originally the inspiration for the collection called Slicks was in response to the Refugio Beach 0il spill in California. This is not to lessen the horror of Deep Water Horizon, but at the time of the BP oil spill I was still working on the Ghost Fleet collection and Refugio happened at a time I was considering Slicks. But also there is hope for the future of marine transport. At Plymouth University plans are in process to build the first unmanned ship to sail across the Atlantic Ocean.  If successful it would open the door for fleets of floating drones carrying cargo around the world. The Mayflower Drone will replicate the Pilgrim Fathers who set sail from Plymouth.  A statement from the projects website states " The Mayflower Autnomous Research Ship has the potential to transform and influence the future of world shipping, and inspire a new generation of ocean explorers and researchers" As it will embrace renewable energy we hope there is a future to counteract oil slicks. ( See:

SOUND SCIENCE AND OIL SLICKS: At the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, researchers are testing whether sound waves can be used to guide the dispersing of chemicals used to clean up oil spills. The goal is to develop acoustic techniques so giving spill responders a means to gauge the effectiveness of the dispersants and how much they should use. The experiment was first conducted in December 2011 in the Ohmsett Vave Tank in Leonardo New Jersey (see picture opposite) which serves as the National Oil Spill and Renewable Energy Test Facility for the US Department of the Interior. After a second test, a third test was conducted in Norway in a tank operated by SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Preliminary tests are promising for an acoustic approach to monitoring oil dispersion. (See: David Malmquist. VIMS| April 2012 )

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