BP said it will soon increase the number of ships collecting oil siphoned off from its ruptured undersea well, as the U.S. government urges the company to work faster to contain the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
"We'll have roughly six that will take direct production in the very near future," BP America President Lamar McKay told lawmakers on Tuesday at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.
McKay said the company has two ships receiving oil currently and several more vessels are being outfitted and should all be functioning by mid-July.
The U.S. government has ordered BP to work faster to contain the oil spill. BP on Monday said it plans to increase its oil capturing capacity to a maximum of 80,000 barrels per day by July.