Thursday, 20 Feb 2020 | 26 Jumada Al Akhira 1441
SQU students create device to detect marine oil spills

SQU students develop device to detect marine oil spills

Speaking to Muscat Daily
, Maawali mentioned, “We started working on the project in September last year and it took us eight months to come out with the device.”

On how they went about pursuing the project, Maawali mentioned, “We found one day that the colour of seawater near marinas is dark. On investigation, we found that it could be due to oil spillage from the engines of docked boats, ships and yachts.”

After study, the team identified that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) monitors and handles oil spills. “We spoke to experts in the ministry who deal with the problem and then started working on the project.”

He mentioned that it is a device mounted on two boat-like structures. “Run on a battery, it can attain a speed of eight knots to reach the location of oil spill in the sea and collect samples from the contamination zone. The device analyses the sample onboard. It then returns to the base station for further analyses of the samples. We have named the device MCTE Penguin (MCTE stands for Mechatronics),” mentioned Maawali.

Talking about the challenges, he mentioned, “The expense of components to construct a equivalent device is fairly higher. We had to settle for lesser high quality elements to construct the prototype.

“One has to be conscious about naval engineering to perform on such a project. That nonetheless didn’t deter us as we did in depth study just before embarking on the project. We spoke to professionals as effectively as study numerous articles associated to the topic.

“The device was designed as per specifications set by the ministry. We had to redesign the prototype several times before the design was approved. MECA plans to use the device in a demonstration in December. It may accept the device if it proves its worth in this demo. We need funding from private and governmental institutes to work further on the project.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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