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MultiEnvironment Air Cushion Oil Spill Fast Response & Post Emergency Remediation System

Objective

HoverSpill driving force is based on the concept that the greatest part of oil spills has a strong impact on coasts, beaches and shoals. Even if the pollution takes place at open sea, vessels usually don’t reach the location in short time to contain the spot, which rapidly expands. Moreover the oil hits those areas which can not be easily reached by traditional vehicles/vessels, nor by land nor by sea, for the lack of water depth or for the muddy land. The main objective of HoverSpill system is the development of an innovative procedure for oil spill emergencies, with the greatest immediacy and efficiency possible during the intervention and effectiveness during the following remediation activities. HoverSpill project is mainly focused to operate on the transitional areas between land and sea, where shoals, difficult access areas, long distance from ports, make difficulties more relevant. The project will study the best approach for the prevention and for the remediation and will use a specific air cushion vehicle, completely amphibious and capable of working on land and water, in areas with high and soft mud, which can be used as a pontoon in floating conditions: the vessel will be designed to be cheap and with easy maintenance, capable of high operative speed (>30 kn.) and spilled oil storage. It can be transported quickly on the road and can be parked on land or beaches near potential oil spill dangers with no need of harbours or other special structures necessaries for traditional vessels. New operational procedures and protocols will be defined in order to match the new technological approach and the vehicle characteristics. The hovercraft could be positioned on ships or oil tankers deck and used during oil transfer operations for a preventive action. Intervention on the water will foresee a double separation system and the remediation intervention will use the same air-cushion platform as a power supplier for tools and separator for polluted or washing waters.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INNOVA SRL
Address
Via Cicerone, 66
00193 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 227 687
Administrative Contact
Federica Marotti (Dr.)

Participants (9)

SERVIZI OPERATIVI ANFIBI S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 611 354
Address
Via Delle Province 6A
04012 Cisterna Di Latina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paola Rigoni (Dr.)
CEDRE
France
EU contribution
€ 283 722,40
Address
Alain Colas 715
29218 Brest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michel Mellaza (Mr.)
Ylec Consultants
France
EU contribution
€ 144 784,45
Address
Boulevard De La Chantourne 24
F38700 La Tronche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yves Lecoffre (Mr.)
Admarin Denizcilik Muteahhitlik Muhendislik Musavirlik Ticaret Sanayi Ltd. Sti.

Participation ended

Turkey
Address
Postane Mahallesi Bahar Sokak 27
34940 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Muzaffer Erdal Kilic (Dr.)
TERRA MEDIU S.R.L.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 115 120
Address
A.i.cuza 22
230037 Slatina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Dogaru (Mr.)
HOVERTECH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 805 038
Address
Kings Road, Berkshire House 252-256
RG14HP Reading
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Mastrangeli (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 114 400
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alberto Mirandola (Prof.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 144 050
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
YLEC CONSULTANTS
France
EU contribution
€ 151 865,15
Address
Boulevard De La Chantourne 24
38700 La Tronche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Maj (Mr.)