DESMI Tarantula High Capacity Skimmer

DESMI Tarantula High Capacity Skimmer

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The design of the Tarantula high capacity skimmer has benefited from a continuous development program over 20 years. All components are manufactured in marine grade aluminium, stainless steel or polypropylene. Also available for the Tarantula is a wireless remote control and thruster system to allow remote positioning of the skimmer head and operation of the hose reel.

The Tarantula incorporates two DOP-250 dual pumps that deliver a combined capacity of 250m³/h and can develop discharge pressures up to 10 bar while maintaining good flow. The Tarantula skimmer also has a self-adjusting weir lip which is controlled by the pumping rate. This enables the skimmer to handle a wide range of oils, even with high viscosity. It is also fitted with cutting knives that can handle many types of trash found in oil spills.

The Tarantula offers high capacity skimming at an affordable price, combined with well-proven components. Additional modules can be mounted on top of the Tarantula for highly selective oil recovery. The Tarantula also has removable floats to maximise stability and minimise the storage space required between deployments.

Advantages of the Tarantula high capacity skimmer:

  • Affordable high capacity
  • Capable of recovering a wide range of oils
  • Self-adjusting weir
  • Two independently controlled DOP-250 DUAL pumps
  • Cutting knives fitted to pumps for trash handling
  • Thrusters for remote positioning of skimmer
  • Readily available parts
  • Low maintenance
  • The skimmer can also be fitted with disc or brush modules


DESMI designs and manufactures an extensive range of systems to recover oil and chemicals from the marine and inland environment. DESMI products include skimmers, booms, storage tanks, power packs, pumps, dispersant systems, vessels and ancillary items.

DESMI’s extensive range of containment booms and oil skimmers supports their oil spill response solutions which are highly trusted in the industry. Whether the requirement is for offshore or shoreline areas; the arctic or equatorial environment, DESMI delivers proven solutions for all spill conditions and offers outstanding life-cycle costs.


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