Vikoma History Timeline 

Vikoma was formed by BP following the SS Torrey Canyon oil spill, the UK’s largest ever spill, when 32m gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Cornwall. Since then our equipment has been used in many major spills including those shown below. Other key events in our history and the history of oil spills are also shown below:

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Vikoma formation

1967
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Amoco Cadiz oil spill 223,000 tonnes cost $87m

1978
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IXTOC well blow out in Gulf of Mexico 480,000 tonnes, cost $42m

1979
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Exxon Valdiz oil spill 38,500 tonnes cost $3.5 billion

1989
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Gulf War 1.5m tonnes cost $540m est. World’s biggest oil spill

1991
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First HI Sprint single point fast deployment boom sold

Vikoma wins Queens award for export achievement

1992
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FasFlo skimmer systems and Cascade skimmer systems sold in response to OPA 90 Act

1993
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Vikoma ISO 9001 accreditation

1994
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Sea Empress oil spill 130,000 tonnes

The Vikoma Sea Devil “Tooth Disc” skimmer successfully used on the Sea Empress Spill as the Prestige oil spill

1996
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Vikoma Mini-Vac small portable vacuum recovery developed in response to the Nahodka spill in the Sea of Japan

1997
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Komara Star “Tooth Disc” skimmer developed and tested in situ in Venezuela where recovery of oil was recorded at 1,000,000 cst

1998
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Prestige oil spill 77,000 tonnes, Spain’s biggest spill

2002
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Vikoma celebrates the sale of the 500th unit of the Komara 20 skimmer to OSRL

2007
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Range of Power Packs developed for extreme environments (-32°C to +49°C)

2009
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Vikoma moved in to it new multimillion pound purpose built design and manufacturing facility adjacent to the River Medina in East Cowes, UK

Macondo oil disaster 210m gallons of oil spilled 230,000 tonnes, cost $10 billion

2010
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Management Buy Out backed by Agathos, new board of directors formed and shareholding management team

2015
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1992 First HI Sprint boom still in operation 23 years later

2015

New online spares and parts department