Military sensors could track oil spills
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Four Gulf states are in talks with US weapons maker Raytheon to acquire military sensors to track tankers leaking oil along the region’s coastline.
Four Gulf states are in talks with US weapons maker Raytheon to acquire military sensors to track tankers leaking oil along the region’s coastline, the Middle East head of the firm has told Arabian Business.
“We are in discussions with at least four countries right now to cover this,” Kevin Massengill, vice president and regional executive for US-based Raytheon, said.
“Without this kind of technology you will have people who will dump their ballast, to lighten their load, at the mouth of the Arabian Gulf. With this you can trace it back to the individual boat and assess fines properly and you can keep that behaviour at a minimum,” he added.
“The Ministry of Environment there has made it very clear over the years [it wants to tackle the environmental issue]. It is an exciting times to take our technology and work those issues,” he added.
While such technological advances are welcomed by environmental groups, there is also a financial motivation behind the move.
UBS estimates that economic losses during the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which saw 4.9 million barrels of oil spill into the sea in 2010, were as high as $12bn.
Raytheon technology was used in the cleanup operation in the US and Hvizd said such technology can now be adopted for use in the Arabian Gulf.