Oil Containment Boom Selection Guide

  C
Canals
rivers

P
Protected
waters

O
Ocean
P - O
Great Lakes
C
Small ponds,
marinas
C
Permanent
dock boom
Significant wave length < 1 < 3 < 6 < 4 0 < 1
Sea state 1 1 3 - 4 2 - 3 Calm Calm
Boom height (draft plus freeboard), in 6 - 18 18 - 42 ≥ 42 18 - 42 6 - 10 24 - 36
Reserve buoyancy-to-weight ratio > 2:1 > 2:1 > 3:1 > 2:1 > 1:1 > 3:1
Total tensile strength, lb > 4,500 > 15,000 > 20,000 > 15,000 > 3,000 > 15,000
Skirt fabric tensile strength, lb 200 300 500 300 200 -
Skirt fabric tear strength, lb 100 100 125 100 100 -
Recommended ABASCO boom ALPHA
BETA 1B
BETA 1C
NEO 6
BETA 1B
BETA 1C
GAMMA 1A
GAMMA 1B
OMEGA 1A
EPSILON
AIR BOOM 48
OMEGA 1B
NEO 9
EPSILON
OMEGA 1A
OMEGA 1B
GAMMA 1A
GAMMA 1B
NEO 6–9
ALPHA
NEO 2–4
SIGMA

SEA STATE DEFINITIONS*

Code Definition Sea state Significant wave height General description
C Calm 1 < 1 Small, short, nonbreaking waves
P Protected water 2 < 3 Small waves, some whitecaps
O Open water 3 - 4 < 6 Moderate waves, frequent whitecaps
 
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