DESMI Tarantula XL high capacity offshore skimmer

Tarantula XL 1

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Product Information

The Tarantula XL is a high capacity offshore skimmer, built to recover oil from both the light to heavy viscosities. It can also operate with a disc or brush bank cassette.

The skimmer body is manufactured in marine grade aluminium and stainless steel. It has the famous DESMI self-adjusting weir lip, which has proved itself in so many real life operations. The floats are easily raised in to a ‘park’ position which minimises the Tarantula XL’s footprint.

Of special interest are the three on-board DOP-250 dual positive displacement screw pumps which give the system a 375m³/hr rating with up to 10 bar discharge pressure.

In addition, thrusters are fitted as standard to manoeuvre the skimmer into the oil, which is especially important when dealing with heavy viscosities. The entire operation of the Tarantula XL high capacity offshore skimmer can be controlled by one person using a radio-wireless control panel. The hydraulic supply can be from either the ship or from a DESMI 210 kW diesel hydraulic power pack. Other options include a DNV certified platform for storage, a DESMI Zipper Umbilical Hose (ZUH) and powered reel, plus the option of disc and brush cassettes.


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.