July 4th, 2010
02:21 PM ET

Large-scale skimmer continues testing in Gulf

A ship billed as the world's largest skimming vessel will continue testing its abilities in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday.

If A Whale's tests in a 5-by-5-mile area north of the underwater gusher are successful, the massive ship could play a key role in oil cleanup efforts

The boat, which swallows water with oil then separates it, can skim about 21 million gallons of oil a day. That's at least 250 times the amount that modified fishing vessels currently conducting skimming operations have been able to contain, according to Taiwanese company TMT shipping, which owns the vessel.

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