NORFOLK - The vessel's billionaire owner, Nobu Su, the CEO of Taiwanese shipping
company TMT Group, said the ship would float across the Gulf "like a
lawn mower cutting the grass," ingesting up to 500,000 barrels of
oil-contaminated water a day.
But a number of hurdles stand in his way. TMT officials said the company
does not yet have government approval to assist in the cleanup or a
contract with BP to perform the work.
That's part of the reason the ship was tied to pier at the Virginia Port
Authority's Norfolk International Terminals Friday morning. TMT and its
public-relations agency invited scores of media, elected officials and
maritime industry executives to an hour-long presentation about how the
ship could provide an immediate boost to clean-up efforts in the Gulf. More Plus Video>>>>>>>>>>>>>>