Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered a 30-ft Rapid Response Skimmer to Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) in Houma, La. This new skimmer will join their existing fleet of Kvichak skimmers currently involved in the oil spill clean up effort in the Gulf of Mexico.
The rapid-response, shallow-water vessel is ideally suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors. The all-aluminum skimmer is 30.3-ft long, with a beam of 8-ft and a draft of 2.5 ft and is easily trailerable.
Adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios, this highly specialized vessel works well in many recovery configurations, from free skimming through towed-boom applications, and is able to recover a very wide range of spills from light sheens to very viscous weathered oil products. The skimmer’s oil recovery system includes a Kvichak/Marco Cl-1 Filterbelt oil skimming module, a Kvichak/Marco U-040 Capsulpump offload system with 50-ft hose, and a recovered oil capacity of 1000 gallons. The recovered oil tank configuration allows segregation of small volume spills to simplify post-spill decontamination. Onboard hydraulic power is supplied by an under-deck diesel HPU.