Fence Boom – Urethane

Fence Boom – Urethane

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This oil spill boom is an impervious (non-absorbent) floating, fence-like boom used to contain oil spills on the water’s surface. Our fence booms are lightweight, compact and ideal for emergency response to contain spills in calm or sheltered waters, such as harbours, rivers and ponds.

This type of oil spill boom is easy to handle, store and deploy with storage bags, cages or reels also available.

  • Lightweight, compact, easy to handle, impervious (non absorbent) oil spill boom.
  • Very cost-effective boom delivering excellent performance.
  • Booms have closed-cell foam buoyancy chamber and ballast chain to hold part of the fence underwater with approximately 40% of the boom above water level. This makes the oil containment boom less prone to sinking.
  • Manufactured in 15 metre segments of urethane.
  • The fence boom is easy to store and deploy, taking up minimal storage space due to its ability to fold back on itself (concertina).
  • Excellent boom for emergency spill response trailers.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Fence booms are affected by winds over 20 knots and strong currents, therefore only ideal for calmer, more sheltered waters.
  • Special extruded aluminium end connectors (ASTM) allow multiple sections to be joined together easily.

How does a fence oil containment boom work?

Fence booms are floating fence-like structures with foam buoyancy and a base weight to hold part of the fence under water. They are generally flat in construction making them easy to deploy, retrieve and store. This type of oil spill boom is good for calm and sheltered waters.

Notes about oil containment booms:

Floating booms or impervious barriers that trap oil on the water’s surface are universally called oil containment booms. They are generally manufactured from PVC or urethane material and are able to withstand the harsh conditions and elements typically found at an oil spill. Oil containment booms typically consist of the following elements:

  • Freeboard – the part of the boom above the water’s surface. Designed to deflect or contain an oil spill.
  • Skirt – the impervious barrier below the water’s surface. Skirt depth varies according to boom type.
  • Ballast – located at the bottom of the skirt and keeps the boom upright in the water.
  • Connectors – allow multiple boom lengths to be joined together to form one long continuous barrier.
Model Global fence boom – 600mm urethane Global fence boom – 790mm urethane
Freeboard 260mm 290mm
Draft 340mm 500mm
Overall height 600mm 790mm
Section length 15 metres 15 metres
Fabric Urethane Urethane
Ballast 8mm hot dipped galvanised chain 8mm hot dipped galvanised chain

Boom fabric: Urethane
UV resistance: Excellent
Chemical resistance: Resistant to hydrocarbons, acids, alkalis and solvents
Operational temperature: -20c to +80c
Buoyancy to weight: 2:1
Anchor system: 20kg anchors


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