Oil spills are very dangerous for the environment. That’s true whether they happen on land or on water. And while precautions are usually taken, sometimes they fail…
So when a spill has happened, it’s time to bring out the oil spill equipment. And there are a number of options.
There are two major parts to handling oil spills, and there’s oil spill equipment:
The order of business is to contain the oil — and the damage it can do. Oil can spread very quickly, and so it’s important to keep it confined to a small or controllable area.
That’s important to minimize the damage. And it’s helpful for clean-up as well.
The key tools for containing oil spills are Containment Booms, specifically non-absorbent booms.
Different booms are suitable for different bodies of water. Rivers need different equipment from lakes and harbors.
For example, if you want something for smaller waterways, including roadside ditches, shallow ater areas, and small streams and canals, there’s the Super Swamp Containment Boom, which is very lightweight and can be transported and deployed very easily.
On the other hand, you may have to deal with rougher water, which calls for more heavy duty oil spill equipment. You’ll need a marine grade, heavy duty oil containment boom for this situation, for example the Simplex Oil Boom.
In addition, you’ll also need clean-up equipment. While the containment booms are non-absorbent, you’ll use absorbent booms for the actual cleanup. You simply drop them into the oil spill and they’ll absorb the oil while repelling water. Once they’re full, you pull them out and add new ones, until all the oil is absorbed.
Between the two types of oil spill equipment, containment equipment and absorbent tools, you’ll be able to clean up most oil spills and minimize the damage it can do to the environment.