Canada's Largest OSRV Designed By MARCO

A new design oil spill recovery vessel from MARCO Pollution Control, one of the world's largest builders and designers of these type vessels, was recently commissioned by a Canadian owner.

Called the Burrard Cleaner No.

9, she is the largest oil recovery vessel serving Canada. The vessel was built at the West Coat Manly Shipyard in Vancouver under MARCO supervision for Burrard Clean Operations Limited, a Vancouver, B.C., cooperative. The vessel will be used to protect the often difficult waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The second MARCO design for Burrard, the steel-hull vessel is 75 feet long, with a beam of 22 feet 6 inches and a depth of 9 feet 7 inches.

She is powered by a Caterpillar 3412TA diesel engine driving an Ulstein 370H 360-degree-rotatable Z-drive. The vessel also has a MARCO T-80 stern thruster to assist in maneuvering in confined areas.

Recovered oil is held on board in a 500-barrel-capacity sump, from which a screw pump can discharge it to other vessels or storage units.

The Burrard Cleaner No. 9 features MARCO's Filterbelt recovery technology, the heart of all MARCO recovery systems. The Filterbelt is a unique oleophilic belt that recovers all types of oil and debris under a wide variety of conditions. The OSRV features MARCO's new 4000 Series technology, which incorporates a larger 4-foot-wide Filterbelt and a 40-hp MARCO T-52 induction pump. This new unit can process and remove oil from seawater at a rate of up to 10,000 gallons of encountered seawater per minute.

Said MARCO Pollution Control vice president D. William Lerch, "It [the Filterbelt] works and has proven itself time and again on some of the world's worst spills." Martyn Green, manager of Burrard Clean agrees. "We've been pleased with the effectiveness of our first MARCO vessel, which we have operated for several years. We're even more optimistic about the new one, due to the advancements in its capabilities, and we're happy to have it in service." For free literature on MARCO Pollution Control OSRV designs or MARCO boatbuilding services, Circle 60 on Reader Service Card

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 21,  Mar 1992

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