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Oil Containment Boom Selection Guide

C Canals riversP Protected watersO OceanP - O Great LakesC Small ponds, marinasC Permanent dock boom
Significant wave length< 1< 3< 6< 40< 1
Sea state113 - 42 - 3CalmCalm
Boom height (draft plus freeboard), in6 - 1818 - 42≥ 4218 - 426 - 1024 - 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, lb200300500300200-
Skirt fabric tear strength, lb100100125100100-

Sea State Definitions*

CodeDefinitionSea StateSignificant Wave HeightGeneral Description
CCalm1< 1Small, short, nonbreaking waves
PProtected Water2< 3Small waves, some whitecaps
OOpen Water3 - 4< 6Moderate waves, frequent whitecaps

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