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Anti-spill system slows ship oil leaks

Mo Husain, engineer and inventor, held court aboard the USNS Shoshone ...

Mo Husain, engineer and inventor, held court aboard the USNS Shoshone on Monday before a coterie of oil and shipping executives, government officials, and journalists to demonstrate his brainchild, the American Underpressure System.

AUPS is a patented "spill avoidance system," a method to prevent oil tankers from hemorrhaging oil into the sea when their hulls are ripped open during a collision or grounding. The latter happened when the Exxon Valdez ran into a reef off the Alaskan coast in 1989, spilling some 11 million gallons of crude oil that fouled beaches, killed birds and ruined fisheries.

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