Eliminates the need of a second tow vessel
RO-KITE – The new aquatic device designed to replace the functions of a second boom sweep vessel.
Meeting the requirements for the open water, sheltered water, and shoreline/river water environments.
The DESMI RO-KITE is a floating water kite based on a combination of trawl door and ram-air parachute principles. The purpose of this device is to act as a flow powered ‘tow vessel’ for oil boom systems, where strong currents or high speed are factors during an oil spill recovery. When launched, the RO-KITE, powered by the current and in combination with the RO-KITE’s unique design makes it swing out and away from the ship towing the outer end of the sweep formation. Use of the RO-KITE provides a cost efficient recovery of floating oil as it obviates the need of an extra towing vessel, a jib arm system or, in fast flowing waters, the need of several anchor points.
The DESMI RO-KITE is offered in three basic models – the RO-KITE 2000 is designed for the requirements of the DESMI Speed-Sweep 2000/2200 system and any other sweeping systems with similar force requirements or more. The RO-KITE 1500 can be used in combination with DESMI Speed-Sweep 1500 and other similar sweeping arrangements. The RO-KITE Shallow Draft (S.D.). is ideal for many areas of operation requiring small draft sweeps e.g. rivers, and shoreline water environment.
DESMI maintain a patent on the RO-KITE design. Several unique features of the design are mentioned here:
- ‘Soft’ design that prevents risk of personal injuries by handling
- Easy dismantling and packing for compact storage
- Robust and non-vulnerable design that allows collision with ship structure
- Hydrodynamic principles that minimize the required dimensions
- Choice of long term proven materials for oil boom design
- Can be handled manually on deck and can be arranged to be deployed without use of crane
- Possible to deploy from Port and Starboard vessel side
- Has a very little sensitivity to wave activity
|Basic physical dimensions:|
|Draught||2.20 m / 87 in||1.80 m / 71 in||1.1 m / 43 in|
|Freeboard||0.52 m / 20 in||0.52 m / 20 in||0.45 m / 18 in|
|Operational width||0.45 m / 18 in||0.45 m / 18 in||0.45 m / 18 in|
|Air chamber length||3.00 m / 118 in||3.00 m / 118 in||3.00 m / 118 in|
|Tensile strength air chamber||250 N/mm / 1430 lbs/in||250 N/mm / 1430 lbs/in||250 N/mm / 1430 lbs/in|
|Tensile strength skirt section||315 N/mm / 1800 lbs/in||315 N/mm / 1800 lbs/in||315 N/mm / 1800 lbs/in|
|Deflated outer dimensions:|
|Overall length||3.30 m / 130 in||3.30 m / 130 in|
|Skirt length||2.20 m / 87 in||1.80 m / 71 in||1.10 m / 43 in|
|Height||2.30 m / 91 in||2.10 m / 83 in||1.30 m / 51 in|
|Weight||165 kg / 364 lbs||155 kg / 342 lbs||115 kg / 254 lbs|