MARCO Delivers First Of Two Filterbelt Systems To Saudi ARAMCO

Seattle-based MARCO Pollution Control, a world leader in the development of marine oil spill clean-up systems, has delivered the first of two large Filterbelt modules to Batservice Yard in Mandel, Norway. These 27-foot long by 6-foot wide modules, amongst the largest ever produced, will be installed aboard two 122-foot highspeed oil spill response catamarans for Saudi ARAMCO.

The unique Filterbelt technology that has effectively covered all types of oils in a variety of oil spill conditions is particularly suited to the harsh environment of the Arabian Gulf. This technology and its history of superior performance at many major oil spills, make the MARCO Filterbelt and the new state-of-the-art catamarans a highly efficient oil spill response and recovery team.

The Filterbelt, produced by MARCO since 1972, is a continuous mesh belt that allows water to pass through it, but retains oil. An induction pump mounted behind the Filterbelt creates a current through the belt t h a t draws oil toward it.

The consistent efficiency of the Filterbelt technology is proven to be 90 percent effective in the recovery of a full range of petroleum products.

Filterbelt systems have been installed aboard more than 100 vessels, ranging in size from the MARCO-built 24-foot Class I harbor and bay skimmers to the 160-foot Clean Gulf Associates' CGA 200 (HOSS) barge, the largest oil spill recovery vessel in the world.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 86,  Mar 1992

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