picsix (4)An oil skimmer is a mechanical device that separates oil or particles floating on a liquid surface and are most commonly used for oil spill remediation, as a part of oily water treatment systems, removing oil from machine tool coolant and removing oil from aqueous parts washers.

Oil skimming devices come in a variety of types with varying features.  Oil Skimmers can be used for tanks, pits, ponds, lagoons, basins, wash systems, API separators, clarifiers, sumps and many more purposes.

At Ambar, we have belt rope skimmers and rope mop skimmers. The Sparrow Hawk 2 and the Barracuda 3 are two unique oil skimmers.

The Sparrow Hawk 2 Belt Mop Oil Skimmer is both quick and efficient when it comes to the removal of tramp oils from coolant tanks, wash water sumps or any small area where hydrocarbons accumulate. This unit is designed for both vertical and horizontal recovery of floating oils and is fairly simple to operation. A single, continuous loop of oil-attracting “mop” drops from the unit, travels across the surface of the contaminated area, and then returns to the unit where the oil is squeezed from the mop by squeegee rollers inside. Removed oil gravity drains from the unit through a 2” male NPT fitting at the base, which can also serve as a mounting point.

The Barracuda 3 Rope Mop Oil Skimming System is designed for small industrial applications such as sumps, basins or any in-plant location where tramp oil collects. It features two 3” diameters, electricity powered squeegee rollers that are capable of pulling up to fifty feet of rope mop. It can be used as either a belt mop or rope mop in both horizontal and vertical applications. The operation is simple with one twist, the oil attracting “mop” falls from the mop engine, journeys across the outward part of the area to be skimmed, then is pulled back to the mop engine where the oil is being pressed from the mop. The oil gravity which is recovered is then drained from the entity through a 2” female pipe relevant at the centre of the unit. This 2” NPT coupling also serves as an easy method of mounting the unit about the sump.

We have a variety of options when it comes to oil skimmers, contact Ambar Environmental at, call toll free at 1.866.462.6227 or 877.951.9151, or email us at for more information.