Oil spill recovery booms

Oil spill recovery booms

Oil spills can be disastrous for the environment. Oil spreads out rapidly across the water surface to form a thin layer which can be very harmful to marine ecosystems. They affect both the sea and inland waters and need to be contained fast.

These floating, barriers have two main purposes. The first one is containment. As shown in the picture, a 'containment boom' creates a barrier which stops the spread of oil in the water. This can be deployed very quickly and is essential preparation for other devices (such as skimmers) to come and absorb the oil.