MARINE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN COMPANY'S CLASS VII OIL SKIMMER VESSEL

Marine Construction and Design Co. (MARCO) of Seattle has delivered a third oil spill recovery vessel to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for use in the harbor and bay areas in the vicinity of the Trans Alaska pipeline system's marine tanker terminal at Port Valdez. The newest Alyeska skimmer also is the first of a new model--designated Class VII--to be built by MARCO. The 48-foot all-aluminum vessel is designed for oil spill recovery in choppy coastal and open sea areas. The vessel has a fork-like stern and travels in reverse through a spill to pick up oil. The reversible concept also is employed on 24 small MARCO Class V skimmers in use by the U.S. Navy for ocean salvage. According to a MARCO spokesman, the Class VII skims oil of any viscosity, as well as any oil-soaked floating debris in its path. Oil and debris are recovered by a porous filterbelt, which conveys the material to the deck of the skimmer. Oil is separated and drains into a 3300-gallon tank for off-loading.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oceanographic Commission of Washington

    312 Fifth Avenue, North
    Seattle, WA  USA  98109
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Pagination: p. 15
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165461
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Sea
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM