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Kvichak / Marco Filterbelt Boat

The Kvichak / MARCO FilterBelt boat is a rapid response oil skimming vessel that can operate in protected waters such as ports, harbors and inland environments. The lightweight construction allows this boat to rapidly arrive on scene and immediately start cleanup operations. The boat incorporates an advancing filterbelt skimmer that enables the boat to skim oil with high efficiency while moving. An X30 Cassette skimmer may also be installed in this vessel.

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United States & Canada Only.

Originally known as the MARCO Class I Skimmer, this fully integrated vessel has been developed and improved over the past 30 years. It is widely used by the US Navy, foreign governments and commercial contractors around the world with over 100 examples in operation worldwide.

Read how the Filterbelt Skimmer works.

The system is able to screen debris and entrained solids from the oil, which is then retained on board in recovered oil tanks. Once full, the boat can quickly transit to the disposal location where the oil is pumped from the holding tanks using the integral offloading system.

Interchangeable filtering “pads” allow the Filterbelt to recover a wide range of oils, from fresh jet fuel and diesel oil, up to the heaviest weathered oils and “mousses.” Packaged on a trailer, the boat can be shipped internationally or towed to the deployment locations.

Elastec and Vigor have formed an alliance to better serve customers of MARCO FilterBelt™ oil skimmer systems and Kvichak Oil Spill Recovery Vessels (OSRVs).

  • Features MARCO FilterBelt skimming system
  • Lightweight construction
  • Screens debris and entrained solids from the oil

Kvichak / Marco Filterbelt Boat Photos

Kvichak / Marco Filterbelt Boat Video

How the filterbelt skimmer works

Sweep adapters are stored forward and lowered into the water to provide a 4-foot wide inlet for skimmer at up to three knots. Sweep extender plates increase the width to more than 7 feet for skimmer at a knot or less. The boat comes equipped with boom adapters that accommodate ASTM boom connectors for enhanced, towed V-Boom skimmer operations. The Filterbelt’s integral induction pump even allows it to operate in stationary mode.

Oil and debris is conveyed to deck level and removed from the Filterbelt. Debris is separated from the recovered oil as it passes through the debris basket and into the collection well. An automatic decanting system in the collection well increases recovery efficiency be allowing recovered water to be discharged back through the Filterbelt. Recovered oil is then transferred to one of the three recovered oil tanks onboard, and can be pumped directly to a supplemental storage device.

How the filterbelt skimmer works

Filterbelt oil skimmer boat drawing 1
Filterbelt oil skimmer boat drawing 2

Multiple Jobs – Multiple Pads

Filterbelt skimmer backing belt
Filterbelt skimmer sheen pad
Filterbelt skimmer diesel pad
Filterbelt skimmer lube & fresh crude pad

Elastec is Vigor’s exclusive sales agent for Kvichak OSRVs outside of the United States. Elastec is also the exclusive replacement parts service provider of FilterBelt™ and Filterpad™ accessories for all MARCO FilterBelt™ customers worldwide.

The alliance between Elastec and Vigor creates a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of oil spill responders by providing some of the most reliable and effective oil spill response vessels and technologies available in the world today. Together, we are working to keep our world clean.

For domestic U.S. inquiries regarding Kvichak / MARCO Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) sales, contact Vigor Marine:

Ross Hendrick ( or Art Parker ( Tel: 206-545-8485. Website:

For international inquiries regarding Kvichak / MARCO Oil Spill Recovery Vessel (OSRV) sales outside of the U.S., and all parts and support requests, please contact Elastec: email: Tel: +1 618-382-2525.

X30 Cassette for Kvichak

X30 Cassette for Kvichak

The ELASTEC X30 Skimmer can be integrated with a Marco Filterbelt Response Vessel. The system can be maneuvered quickly to capture moving oil. Collected oil can be pumped into storage tanks onboard the workboat or into a floating towable bladder.

*Disclaimer – Elastec manufactures boats for commercial applications, they do not meet USCG regulations for recreational boats.

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