JP | Tuesday, 28th April 2015

The emergency response for the diesel oil spill in the river “Lambro” in 2010, February the 22nd and subsequently to the catastrophic consequences of the “Deep Horizon” explosion in 2010, April the 20th in the Gulf of Mexico have shown that the most critical point in oil spill response is the capability to intercept and collect the water surface and the pollutant over it floating.
The request of ships and devices which are able for remove oil and polluting spills from the sea is more and more increasing in the recent years. These systems may remain unused for years and, at same time, need frequent and very expensive maintenance.
Their availability requires a transferring to the incident place which can be made also after many hours or days after the oil spilling.
The new idea is to design a light and flexible system which can be docked directly on the ships or in small boats which can lay down and contain the oil slick.
By so doing the pollution control could be more effective and the environmental damage could be better controlled in very short time.
It consist in a floating funnel-shaped collector having an I/O balanced flow which conveys the free surface of the mixture of water and hydrocarbons for the separation and then collects the pollution in tanks. By so doing the percentage of hydrocarbons recovery is higher in comparison with the traditional oil skimmers.
The availability of a such system, which could be used as a standard equipment, could allow fast and timely rescue.
A small layout of the device can be used for cleaning maintenance of stretches of water in ports and docks.
The subsequent analysis of the Oil Spill Response offered devices confirmed the critical point.
FLOC – FLexible Oil Collector – is the TJP answer to that need.
All the TJP innovative devices, in the present and in the future designs, are descending from analysis, valuations, marketing, research and development that here we resume:


  1. it exists the problem of normal cleaning up, maintenance and protection of water areas;
  2. there is a demand for tools suitable for such purposes;
  3. there is an offer in response to the needs expressed by the demand;
  4. emergency oil spill responses are discontinuous and not programmable;
  5. prevention and maintenance are continuous and programmable;
  6. the oil to be reclaimed very rarely exceeds 1 mm thick;
  7. 1 mm thickness corresponds to 1 m³ per 1,000 m², about 1 l/m²;
  8. the silver reflection has a thickness of 0.0001 mm, equivalent to 1 liter/10,000 m²;
  9. prevention and maintenance take especially place in confined areas and under-coast (harbors, docks, piers, etc.).
  10. the offer has power excess and lacking versatility; cranes, supporting means, boats and ships are needed;
  11. the offer is substantially not suitable to effective prevention operations, maintenance in confined areas and in the presence of small quantities to be removed.

The TJP identifies a market where being unique and unrivaled.
None provides to an industrial area subjected to risk a self-propelled automatic and robotic device capable of moving by itself in a determined area, to detect and transmit threats and/or alarms and to self-certify its result. This is what TJP OilPatrol “does”.
None offers a self-propelled device, wire-guided or controlled, able to follow along the piers, move into a port and go under the piers. This is what TJP OilKiller “does”.
None offers a skimmer to intercept and collect thin film of light oil. This is what FLOC “does”.
None offers filter-bags that, having stored the collected pollutants, can be directly sent to landfill without the need of any cycle of “dirty” work. This is what DracOil “does”.
The market doesn’t offer devices for water cleaning and maintenance while gives offers for expensive and “difficult” tools suitable for major emergencies. Instead TJP proposes tools that are efficient, effective and economical in cost/benefit ratio.
The TJP strategy provides a first line of products for cleaning and maintenance of stretches of water and then a line of products for emergency response in disastrous theaters.
The comparison between the operation of TJP devices and the devices currently on the market is descending from the design.
Consider two scenarios: the first with minimum hydrocarbons presence, with silver-rainbow reflections, in ports, docks and piers; the second related to significant spills for accidental events. We don’t consider dispersants and solvents because they don’t remove the pollutants but they sink or dissolve it into the water mass while our goal is to remove the pollutant picking it up from the body of water.

1) iridescence in the Port of Trieste
in the Port of Trieste
2) rainbow patch
2)rainbow patch
3) iridescence on the Mississippi River
on the Mississippi River
4) laying absorbent cloths
4) laying absorbent cloths
5) oleophilic brush skimmer
5) oleophilic brush skimmer
6) soaked fabrics to dispose
6) soaked fabrics to dispose


Figs. 1, 2, and 3 represent pollution that today would be treated with absorbent cloths or booms that must be transported and layed down on the surface of water by means of boats, must have time to absorb the pollutant and must subsequently be removed, always with the use of boats and then must be packed and carried landfill. Another possibility is to use a skimmer (with brushes the one in Fig. 5) but, as can be seen from the picture, it is necessary that the pollutant film is really thick to have an appreciable result. TJP has designed Oil Killer own to respond to these types of intervention (Fig. A and C)



7) oil on the Taranto' sea
7) oil on the Taranto’ sea
8) oil spill in Japan
8) oil spill in Japan
9) oil trails
9) oil trails
10) Guard Coast response
10) Guard Coast
11) disk skimmermanagement
11) disk skimmer
12) roll skimmer management
12) roll skimmer


The spillage type as in FIGS. 7, 8 and 9 require “powerful” interventions because of the amount of spilled oil to be recovered that is nearly pounds if not tons. The usability of the majority of devices now on the market requires almost immediate intervention, before the oil is dispersed in a thin film in few hours.
The interventions in the images 10, 11 and 12 are performed by today’s standards; note the managing difficulty of the roll or disc skimmer, lowered into the water with ropes or cranes and then governed with continuous displacements in the patch to be removed. The image 10 highlights all the difficulty of being able to collect stains jagged oil with a disc skimmer.
The TJP devices has been designed to be able to efficiently and effectively respond to this type of emergencies .
TJP Oil Killer collects up to 0.3 m³ of oil before replacing DracOil. Its operating speed is between 2 – 3 knots and navigate autonomously, driven in the direction of the trails or patches to collect. TJP BOS with inlet pipe multiplies the extraction capacity, needs a support boat from the edge of which it is wire-guided retaining the ability to capture crude’s trails and patches.



Oil Killer along the Audace peer
Oil Killer
along the Audace peer
Oil Killer in Japan
Oil Killer
in Japan
Oil Patrol in a area with risk
Oil Patrol
in a area with risk
BOS with support boat
with support boat
On board S.O.S.
On board SOS
SOS with support boat
with a support boat
Oil Killer in the Trieste's Old Port
Oil Killer
in the Trieste’s Old Port
SOS with adduction pipe
with adduction pipe
Oil Killer in the Mississipi river
Oil Killer
in the Mississipi river