Marco Belt Skimmer

Marco Sidewinder Belt Skimmer


The Marco Sidewinder is a sorbent lifting belt-type skimmer. With the MARCO Filterbelt™ boom lowered beneath the water surface and the skimmer operating, oil is picked up by the Filterbelt™ material. Because of the nature of the belting material, primary separation of oil from water takes place at the surface of the water. As the belt moves around the drive roller, heavy oil and debris are removed by the scraper. Lighter materials are squeezed out of the belt at the squeeze roller and allowed to pass through to the settling tank.

The Sidewinder is extremely effective recovering the most viscous and debris-contaminated material while maintaining free water recovery proportions under ten percent. It is designed to be installed on any suitable vessel as an over-the-side skimmer for stationary and advancing applications.


Manufacture Marco Seattle Model Harbor VOSS Sidewinder
Service type Sorbent lifting belt Operating environment Protected waters
Application Stationary/Advancing skimmer Skimming speed 2-3 kts
Nameplate recovery capacity 207 bbl/hr Effective daily recovery capacity N/A
Sweep width (ft) 5.5 ft (increases as additional
boom is added to skimming system.
Dry weight 350 lbs
Wave height (ft) 6.5' dependant on
vessel capacity
Length (ft) 14.7'
Width (in) 32.5" Height (ft) 2.0'
Maximum draft (in) 8.5" Transit speed Vessel speed
Debris handling Auto/Not affected Pump type Die/Hyd. power unit
Best in oil types All types and ages,
also debris and tar balls.
Operators required One (1)
Aux Equipment Hydraulic Power unit and storage devices are necessary to operate unit.

Transportation Modes

C-130 DC-6 DC-3 737 Beaver Otter Cessna 206 Cessna 185 Heli Barge Tug (only) Lrg F/V Sm F/V Pickup
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Locations & Quantities

Zone 1

55°23'47.94"N 131°43'45.85"W

Zone 7

58°17'26.76"N 134°23'33.26"W

Connex #79

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