3.What is a skimmer?
Skimmers are often used in conjunction with booms. A skimmer is a device that collects and removes oil from the surface of the water. Skimmers can be towed, self-propelled, moored in river currents, or even used from shore. Many types of skimmers are available for use, depending on the kind of oil spilled and the weather conditions.
Weir skimmers work like a dam. Oil flows over a wall and collects on the other side. Oleophilic (oil attracting) skimmers attract oil with belts, disks, or mop chains so you can just squeeze or scrape the oil out of them. Suction skimmers work like your household vacuum cleaner. They suck the oil up from the water surface and store it in a tank like a vacuum bag. But emptying one of THESE things out is a WAY bigger job than just tossing out a full vacuum cleaner bag!
Oil Skimmer in the Test Basin
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