By Houston Business Journal

Whales and other marine life imperiled by the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico might have a new ally in the area, a massive ⿿super skimmer⿝ ship named ⿿A Whale⿝ has arrived.

Measuring more than three football fields in the length, the 1,100-foot-long ship was formerly an ore and oil carrier before being converted in Portugal to skim millions of gallons of oily water per day.

The shipâ¿¿s owner, TMT Shipping of Taiwan, and BP Plc do not have a formal agreement in place but could soon if the ship proves useful, according to Reuters.

Hurricane Alex has halted the skimming operations of about 500 vessels in the Gulf, but once the weather clears they will resume work and A Whale will begin testing.

Also on Thursday, the Obama administration announced that it will release a revised deepwater offshore drilling moratorium in the next few days. On June 22, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans blocked the original six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. A few days later, Feldman rejected the Obama administrationâ¿¿s request to stay the decision.

The Houston Business Journal is providing continuous coverage of the Gulf oil spill.

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