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Bottsand (Type 738) oil recovery ship
Class overview
Operators:  German Navy
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Oil recovery vessel
Displacement: 650 tonnes
Length: 46.3 metres
Beam: 12 m
Draught: 3.1 m
Propulsion: 759 kW (1,000 PS)
Speed: 10 knots
Complement: 6 (civilian)

The Bottsand class oil recovery ships (Type 738) of the German Navy are intended for seawater pollution control. Therefore, the ships feature a bow which can be opened by 65 degrees. This creates an area of more than 40 m² to collect oil-polluted seawater. The water is pumped into the ship, where it will be cleaned and separated from the oil. One ship can clean up to 140 m³, polluted with a 2 mm oil slick, per hour.[1]

List of ships

Name Base
Y1643 Bottsand Warnemünde
Y1644 Eversand Wilhelmshaven


  1. ^ "Ölauffangschiff BOTTSAND-Klasse" (in German). German Navy.!/delta/base64xml/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS80SVVFLzZfMjNfUUw5?yw_contentURL=%2F01DB070000000001%2FW269DDQQ450INFODE%2Fcontent.jsp. Retrieved 5 August 2008.  


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