If you handle or store any significant quantities of oil on or near water, you have to be prepared for emergencies. And one of the best ways to be prepared is by keeping oil spill containment booms around. But which kind should you get? Read on for how to choose the right boom for various situations.
First of all, while there are also absorbent oil spill containment booms, we will focus on the non-absorbent variety today.
And since those booms are used to contain spills in water, you need to start by figuring out the approximate type of that body for which you’ll need your booms.
Here are four different kinds of settings and the best kind of oil booms to use:
1) Calm and shallow bodies of water, for example small streams, canals, and even road side ditches. The best type of boom for this situation is very lightweight and can easily be transported.
2) Calm water in lakes, marinas, and harbors, possibly including debris: Once again, a fairly lightweight boom is the most appropriate one. It’s a good idea to have a foldable one for easy transportation, and so it could even be stored in trucks or boats, so it will be handy when needed.
3) Coastal Areas and Shorelines. Here, the water is less calm, and the covered area will be much larger. To contain spills in such settings, you’ll need sturdy and reliable oil booms, so be sure to get the heavy duty kind. Chances are you may also have to move them for boat traffic, so look for ones that you can move. These booms also need high boyancy reserves as well as handles and anchor points.
4) Rivers, harbors, and ports with faster currents: for these settings, booms have to be extremely sturdy, preferably with steel cables. They should also be suitable for long-term deployment.