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Trend - September 1,
Can a 1,270-foot pneumatic air curtain be instrumental in
preventing oil from spreading into harbors and bays? Destin's Donnie
Brown and Craig Barker, who developed the curtain, certainly think
Here's how the curtain works: 12 giant compressors will pump air
through a pipe suspended in the water. The bubbles they create
should force underwater oil to the surface, where skimmers can
Brown, a product development engineer and owner of PumpOut USA,
had been working for five years on a similar application to contain
fuel or oil spills in marinas. When the Deepwater Horizon rig
exploded, he thought he might be able to modify his work to help
contain the spill in the challenging high-wind, high-wave Gulf. He
called on his friend Barker, a former mayor of Destin and a product
development engineer, to help him. The pair estimate they have been
through almost 50 prototyping phases already and have partnered with
a large marine company to install the curtain. They estimate it will
cost $200,000 to install and another $500,000 a month to operate.
Development proceeded at a rapid pace because similar devices had
been used in other countries to control spills. "We took the
existing base, and we expanded upon it and simply overcame
challenges as they were presented," Barker says.
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Florida Keys News
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Officials get more leeway on derelict vessels
Bill will help keep boats afloat
BY TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff
Monroe County fared well in the state legislative session this year when it comes to protecting water quality and cleaning up derelict vessels.
Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Thursday giving local marine officers more latitude in dealing with derelict vessels before they sink.
Derelict vessels have been a major problem off the Florida Keys, and Monroe County government has spent more than $270,000 a year in recent years to remove them. The money comes from locally generated vessel registration fees, which could be used for issues that benefit boaters more, such as channel markers and boat ramps.
The expense of salvaging such vessels grows exponentially once they are abandoned and sink, which is the case most of the time in Monroe County. Rarely does the county recoup the salvage costs for derelict vessels, county and FWC officials said.
HB 7025, sponsored by Florida Keys State House Rep. Holly Raschein, prohibits vessels that are at risk of becoming derelict from anchoring on, mooring on, or occupying state waters and authorizes Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers or specified local law enforcement officers to determine what vessels are at risk of becoming derelict and ordering them removed or fixed.
“I anticipate that the new at-risk regulations will help the county by addressing those vessels which meet the at-risk criteria before they deteriorate to derelict condition,” said Rich Jones, who oversees the county’s Marine Resources Division. “I hope that the At Risk bill will be successful in significantly reducing the number of derelict vessels in the Keys, as well as the rest of the state, in the near future.”
An FWC officer or local marine officer may determine that a vessel is at risk of becoming derelict if any of the following conditions exist:
• The vessel is taking on or has taken on water without an effective means to remove water.
• Spaces on the vessel that are designed to be enclosed are incapable of being sealed off or remain open to the elements for extended periods of time.
• The vessel has broken loose or is in danger of breaking loose from its anchor.
• The vessel is left or stored aground unattended in such a state that would prevent the vessel from getting underway, is listing due to water intrusion, or is sunk or partially sunk.
Monroe County is among a handful of counties participating in an FWC pilot program that gives local governments more control as to where vessels can be moored and on placing stiffer regulations on the pumping of sewage and keeping vessels from being abandoned. The pilot program is slated to sunset in 2017.
The county also received about $500,000 to go toward its vessel sewage pump-out program.
“Monroe County has had great success with their mobile vessel pump-out program,” Raschein said. “I am glad we were able to provide funding in the budget for it again this year. We are working so hard to protect our near-shore waters, and this program is a critical piece of that puzzle.”
BEHIND THE BUBBLES: Destin locals put life on hold to save waterways
(PHOTOS and VIDEO)
Destin Log - June 25,
2010 1:08 PM
than 1,100 hours on the drawing board and hundreds of conceptual
plans in the books, Craig Barker and Capt. Donnie Brown have a plan
to keep oil from invading Destin harbor and Choctawhatchee Bay.
been working so hard at this,” said Barker, the former Destin mayor.
“I feel as though this harbor and the bay are our greatest assets. I
am willing to do anything and everything humanly possible to save
started out as a smaller scale idea of Brown’s grew into a tangible
pneumatic air curtain with the help of Barker, who is a product
development engineer by trade.
pneumatic air curtain, which is run by twelve giant compressors,
will pump air through a pipe that is suspended in the water column,
creating bubbles. As the bubbles leave the pipe, they gain velocity
and size, and when they reach the surface the bubbles create a force
in all directions. The force of the bubbles on the water’s surface
will create a barrier that would force underwater oil to the
surface. A skimmer could then collect the oil.
curtain will stretch 1,270 feet from the southeast side of Norriego
Point to “the bend” in the beach near the west jetty.
idea was conceived after Barker talked to longtime friend Brown, who
was working on a similar concept that could be used in commercial
marinas to clean up fuel leaks and oil spills. Capt. Brown is the
owner of PumpOut USA, which specializes in boat services and
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PUMPED UP FOR
PUMPING OUT: Free marine waste removal service ‘just about a reality'
Destin Log - April 26, 2010
years of returning to the drawing board, Capt. Donnie Brown and his
associates are on the verge of providing free pump out service to
Destin area boaters.
owns and operates PumpOut USA, which was founded in direct response
to the growing concerns about the environmental and ecological
impacts of inter-coastal vessel sewage dumping. The company has
expanded to service responsible boaters around the country and in
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Delivery of Pump-Out Boat - Florida DEP Assists in Purchase With Award
of St. Augustine took another step forward this past week in its to
preparation to install mooring fields within the city boundaries by
receiving the city’s first ever pump-out boat that will service city
the contractor who built the 1,000 gallon pump-out boat delivered it to
the City this past Monday. Training on the new boat began immediately
for Marina staff.
The City was fortunate to receive a $69,000 Florida of Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP) to help pay for the boat. The cost to the
City was only $23,000.
The 22’ boat
holds approximately 1,000 gallons of waste which, based upon an average
of a full 40 gallons on a boat, the pump-out boat can service between
25-30 boats before being emptied at the Marina. At the Marina, the
effluent is pumped directly into the city main sewer lines which is then
pumped directly to the Wastewater Treatment Plant located at the end of
Riberia St. where it’s treated according to all state and federal
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pumpouts to building the boats
Florida man's company now makes four models of task-specific sewage
Soundings Trade Only Magazine, May, 2007
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Coming To A Head
Environmental awareness, federal waterway cleanup funds
promise to open new markets from marine pumpout boats and
Floating bathroom boat makes waves
11-12-2006, 08:50 AM
HILTON HEAD - Complete with air conditioning, hot-water showers,
four toilets and two sinks, it's an unlikely candidate for
Hilton Head Island's newest tourist attraction.
But the small yellow building surrounded by a white picket fence
is fixed on a 30-foot catamaran hull. That's right, it's a
floating bathroom boat - thought to be the first of its kind on
the S.C. coast.
It's generating a lot of interest at its new location tied to
the pier at Broad Creek Marina.
"Everybody walks by and says 'What in the heck is that?'" said
Jeff Quinn, operations manager for the marina. "It's pretty
unique, and it's really getting a lot of attention."
The floating restroom will spend most of its time tied to the
docks at Broad Creek Marina, but it's capable of being towed out
into area waters for regattas, fishing tournaments and other
events. Use of the facility is free of charge.
Powered by a solar-panel-charged battery to run the lights and
heat the water, the bathroom boat doesn't have an engine, but
small vessels can tow it easily.
The bathroom was bought through an $86,000 grant from the state
Office of Ocean and Coastal and Resource Management as part of
the federal Clean Vessel Act program, said Dan Burger, an OCRM
spokesman. The act aims to educate the public on the importance
of proper waste disposal and providing the equipment to help
them do so. Broad Creek Marina is pitching in money for
operating costs. Another grant was issued to the marina for a
pump-out boat to transport waste from the floating restroom's
two 750-gallon tanks into a sewer system. Both vessels are
manufactured by DeFuniak Springs, Fla.-based PumpOut USA.
"The grant program's focus is promoting water-quality
protection," Burger said.
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