NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A ship billed as the world's largest
oil-skimming vessel is making a Virginia port-of-call before
heading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil-gulping ship "A Whale" arrived at Norfolk
International Terminal on Thursday and is scheduled to sail to the
Gulf later Friday.

Owners of the 1,100-foot Liberian-flagged ship say they haven't
received government approvals to participate in the cleanup.

But they're hopeful that can be achieved during the three-day sail to
the Gulf.

The Asia-based TMT Group said its ship has the capacity to draw
as much as 500,000 barrels of oily water over eight to 10 hours -
many times the skimming capacity of fishing boats now working the
Gulf.


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