Mir deep-submergence vehicles on their mother ship
BP approached Anatoly Sagalevich, the head of the Russian Mir deep-submersible programme, with a proposal to work jointly to eliminate the effects of the environmental disasters in the Gulf of Mexico. At present, caps at the wellhead and attached tubes manage to collect about 10,000 barrels of oil per day. Unfortunately, the total flow is about 12,000-19,000 barrels per day. Sagalevich believes that we can stop the oil gusher by using the Mir subs, but it will take some time, he told the newspaper Izvestiya. Sagalevich confirmed that talks between representatives of BP and Russian aquanaut began shortly after the accident. At the same time, according to RIA-Novosti, a spokesman said that because of the planned usage of the submersibles for research on Lake Baikal, the equipment needed has been sent to Irkutsk, in the near future, technicians will arrive there. In addition, what complicates the matter is the fact that the mini-subs have worked only with specific carrier/depot ships. “One of the mother ships is already on the lake, and another, the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, is being repaired in Germany”, a spokesman told us, adding, in any case, to send the subs to aid in the oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico requires a decision at the governmental level.