A versatile type of oil spill pickup equipment has been developed by MARCO pollution Control Corp., Seattle, Wash. The equipment is an oil skimmer, which can operate efficiently even under bad weather conditions. In the operating mode, two water spray booms, attached to the front of the vessel, are extended, herding oil towards filter belts. Belts are lowered at an incline into the water and can be made stationary at any position desired. Dual hydraulic motors with impeller propellers draw floating oil and debris into the filter belts while the vessel is adamant. Wave movement, causing water to splash up on the belts, increases efficiency of recovery. Oil is retained in the belt while water is allowed to freely pass through. Debris is carried by the continuously circulating belts on to conveyors which run into large trash bags. Oil is removed from the belts by rollers located on the underside and is stored in two 45-barrel tanks.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Amundsen (Paul A)

    1612 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Gascoigne, P
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 93-94
  • Serial:
    • World Ports
    • Volume: 178
    • Issue Number: 7
    • Publisher: Amundsen Publications, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00057778
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 22 1974 12:00AM