Oil Skimmer Systems

Oil Skimmer Systems

Maxwell Oil Skimmer Systems

The Maxwell Oil Skimmer Lines is an internal piping assembly that allows operators to withdrawal product from the upper levels of the medium stored in their storage tank.


Maxwell oil skimmer systems are a proven solution for draining a light liquid product from the top of a heavier product in a cone or dome roof storage tank. The Skimmer floats on the top product (ex. oil over water) to collect the lighter of two non-mixable liquids into a vortex funnel. The liquid is then drained out of the tank through oil skimmer lines using rigid articulated pipe (having one or more joints) are designed to travel in a vertical plane and prevent damage to the floating roof and the skimmer line through its design range of travel.

Draining the light fluid is controlled by using a valve at the shell nozzle. (Small) Pumps can also be used to draw off the light fluid out of the tank.


The Maxwell Oil Skimmer Lines are available in standard sizes from 3” up to 24”. All our Flexible Hose Joints or Swivel Joint (Offset) & Swing Joint (Central) will be delivered with a test certificate.

Engineering details are provided upon request.


The most commonly used Maxwell articulated pipe oil skimmer joints systems are:

• Flexible Hose Joints

• Swivel Joint (Offset) & Swing Joint (Central)