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Circus Skimmer

The Circus Skimmer (Specs) is an inline oil skimmer that is coupled with river boom and harnesses water flow to separate the oil and water. The skimmer has a circular chamber that accumulates the oil and allows the water to exit the bottom. This skimmer is ideal for calm river conditions. Tested at Ohmsett (an independent test facility) it was able to recover 90% of oil at 2 knots. Fill out our questionnaire and tell us about your project.

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This lightweight skimmer can be deployed by two people. It is readily transported in small vehicles. Once the oil naturally collects in the Circus chamber it can be sucked out by external pumps or vacuum trucks etc. The central self-adjusting weir adds another level of separation.

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Rotation of the oil/water is generated by the river current. The circular flow in the chamber is created as the water entering the chamber is balanced by a corresponding flow exiting beneath the skimmer.

The Circus River skimmer can be deployed in conjunction with the BoomVane™ (optional extra) which will pull the deflection boom into the river.

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  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • Can be used with a BoomVane
  • Designed for oil spill response in calm moving water
  • Uses river current

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Available Interchangeable Circus Skimmer Configurations

Circus Skimmer with suction weir

Circus Skimmer with Suction Weir

Circus skimmer with self-adjusting weir skimmer positioned centrally in the oil collection chamber. 2 inch connection for external suction pump or vacuum system (sold separately).

Circus Skimmer with E150 Pump Weir

Circus Skimmer with E150 Pump Weir

Circus skimmer with self-adjusting weir skimmer positioned centrally in the oil collection chamber with E150 centrifugal pump mounted inside the weir. 2 inch discharge. Note: requires D10 diesel hydraulic power pack and hydraulic hoses.

Circus Skimmer with grooved drums

Circus Skimmer with Counter Rotating Drums and E150 Pump

Circus skimmer with TDS118 Grooved drum skimmer (reversible) with counter rotating drums, recovered oil is discharged with the integral E150 pump via 2 inch discharge. Note: requires D10 diesel hydraulic power pack and hydraulic hoses.

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Circus Skimmer Specifications

Circus Frame:Aluminum
Floats:Aluminum
Self-Adjusting Weir:Fitted inside the collection chamber
Suction Connection:2 in female camlock
Operating Range:0.2 - 3.0 knots water current (at the point of recovery)
Dimensions:87 x 53 x 27 in / 2 x 1.34 x 0.69 m
Weight:62 kg / 137 lb including weir assembly
Draft:17 inch / 430 mm
Handling:4 mooring eyes, 3 lifting eyes
Suction Hose:20 ft / 6 m of 2 in spiral reinforced suction hose
Boom Connectors:ASTM or Universal Slide
Nameplate Capacity:Weir - Dependent on pump. Grooved Drum - 90 gpm / 20 cu. m per hour

Optional: OptiMax oil boom, BoomVane, Suction Pump Vacuum System, Counter rotating and reversible Grooved Drum module, E150 pump integrated into weir.

Oil Skimmer Questionnaire

Thank you for considering the Elastec Oil Skimmers. Please complete a few simple questions that will help define your requirement .

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