DESMI Termite Floating Weir Skimmer

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Product Information

The Termite floating weir skimmer is based on the larger Terminator design but incorporates a smaller DOP-160 pump, which enables it to have an extremely shallow draft.

The Termite system provides a lightweight solution that can skim and transfer many types of oil and operate effectively in open, harbour and inland water conditions.

This flexible, high buoyancy weir system allows nearly 6in of vertical travel for excellent wave following, even in choppy seas. The weir height automatically adjusts to match the discharge rate of the pump, making the skimmer easy to operate and ensuring high recovery efficiency at all flow rates. OHMSETT testing proved that this weir skimmer could achieve average recovery efficiencies greater than 80% in wave conditions.

The Termite is a self-adjusting floating weir skimmer that is capable of recovering a wide range of oils and products floating on the water surface, even when contaminated with debris. The Termite skimmer utilises the same large free-floating weir lip as the proven larger skimmers in the range, but has been combined with the smaller DOP-160 vertical screw pump. This hydraulically-driven pump is able to deliver the product at flow rates up to 30m3/h when operated at full speed.

To increase the longevity and reduce the weight of the skimmer, all components are manufactured in marine grade aluminium, stainless steel or polypropylene. It also has a single lifting point, towing point, and hose connections below the waterline to make it more flexible and easier to use.

The Termite has a maximum draught of only 350mm so it can be operated in shallow water. The skimmer’s high buoyancy to weight ratio and low inertial mass ensure excellent sea keeping characteristics. All the above features combine in the skimmer to produce a lightweight package that can skim and transfer many types of oil and can operate effectively in open, harbour and inland water conditions.

Advantages of the Termite floating weir skimmer:

  • Pumping and suction versions
  • Ideal for inland, coastal and open water oil spill recovery operations
  • Optional thrusters for remote control of skimmer position
  • Shallow draught
  • DOP-160 (heavy-duty) vertical screw pump, with cutting knife for trash
  • Onboard pump can be quickly removed for other submersible operations – discharge pressure up to 10 bar / 145 psi
  • The Termite weir skimmer has the ability to recover a wide range of oils, from diesel to fuel oil – even when contaminated with trash


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