Crews wearing safety equipment, such as glasses, reflective vests and boots, use tools to scoop up tarballs with as little sand as possible. Recovery technicians, though, found some of the tools to be very inefficient, so they got creative and made their own.
“Our foremen and recovery technicians developed several handling strategies and equipment to handle the oil with the least intrusion,” said Myers. “We wanted to leave as much sand as possible, and the five different things we were given to work with don’t work. We’re talking as low-tech as slotted spoons with handles to pick up tarballs.”