SeaHow Skimmer System

Posted by Irina Tabakina

New SeaHow skimmer systems – designed to collect both light and heavy oils efficiently – can be implemented to almost any workboat, starting with vessels only six meters long. SeaHow operates one of northern Europe’s largest fleets of oil spill response vessels, and its hands-on experience for more than 30 years was central to the three years in developing its own line of SeaHow skimmers.  SeaHow skimmers are suitable to vessels from 6m long to the largest vessels used in off-shore OSR. Skimmers are designed to be easy to deploy and operate, making it possible to turn virtually any work boat or larger vessel into an OSR vessel in case of an accident. “Most of the funds available for OSR equipment acquisition is today used for purchasing vessels, leaving little money for the OSR equipment itself,” said Jari Partanen, CEO of SeaHow. “By using SeaHow skimmers you can use your existing vessel fleet and direct the investment funding to the OSR equipment itself.” Currently most of the OSR equipment operated by OSR preparedness organisations only can collect heavy oil qualities. The EU Sulfur Directive, implemented from January 1, 2015, increases the use of light oils as vessel fuel in Northern Europe significantly. This puts a high pressure on organizations to update OSR equipment. The new SeaHow products are among the first skimmer products that can truly collect both light and heavy oils efficiently. “The capacity tests carried out by Lloyd’s Register not only shows that the light oil collection capacity of the skimmers is excellent,” said Hannu Hoviniemi, Director of SeaHow Business Development, “but it also shows an incredibly high efficiency. When collecting light oil from water surface, (more than) 90% of the collected liquid is oil.”
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(As published in the APRIL 2015 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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