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Elastec Delivers Oil Skimmers to Asian Client, Receives Illinois Export Award

Elastec/American Marine (USA) has delivered two custom oil and debris skimming boats manufactured in Europe to a major client in Asia. The 32-foot (10 meter) craft is capable of collecting, storing and transporting recovered oil and debris.

The boats were built after many months of consultation and are a development of an early skimming pontoon concept. The thoroughly updated design encompasses a number of important operational features that allow these boats to collect and transport floating garbage as well as skim and collect floating oil, should an accident happen.

Trash is collected using a powerful collection scoop operating between the bows. This same scoop serves a vital function when the boat is in oil recovery mode, allowing trash to be screened prior to oil recovery. Oily debris presents a big issue in most oil spills by clogging skimmers and pumps. A pair of unique dynamic oil recovery chambers is incorporated in the hulls. As the vessel moves forward, oil is collected in these chambers where it is selectively skimmed using an Elastec drum skimmer or a self-adjusting weir skimmer. The vessel provides hydraulic power to operate the trash scoop, skimmers and pumps. Oil is stored onboard in special tanks.

The lightweight aluminum hulls are powered by twin water jet propulsion providing for a stable maneuverable and shallow draft platform. Built according to international work boat standards, the hull is certified by Lloyds Register.

Export Award

Elastec/American Marine received the 2011 Governor’s Export Excellence Award in the small-sized company category for continuing excellence during Illinois Export Week, June 20 through 24 in Chicago. This award was presented by the office of Governor Pat Quinn, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the Office of Trade and Investment.

Illinois ranks as the sixth largest exporting state in the United States and first in the Midwest. Elastec/American Marine manufactures a full range of oil spill response equipment including booms, skimmers, vacuum systems, pumps, dispersant systems, boats and specialized vehicles, and exports to customers in 115 countries.

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