- CORROSION-FREE PEFORMANCE from durable, plastic and stainless steel components
- EASE OF INSTALLATION AND TOWING with quick secure, unisex end connectors
- SIMPLE ROUTINE MAINTENANCE because of practical, symmetrical design
- OUR RANGE OF DRAFT/FREEBOARD HEIGHTS available to fit your installation conditions
- OUTSTANDING BUOYANCY from urethane foam filled, cast polyethylene floats
- HIGH STABILITY in waves, wind, and currents
Superior Spill Containment
In this environmentally sensitive world, choosing a long-term oil spill containment system can be a critical decision. To guard against costly environmental problems, your barrier system must be effective, reliable, and practical for your unique conditions.
This is exactly why OILFENCE™ barriers have been the oil industry's superior spill containment solution for over three decades. In permanent installations worldwide, durable OILFENCE™ booms are providing unsurpassed containment for floating materials. An OILFENCE™ barrier delivers outstanding stability, buoyancy, and corrosion resistance, plus easy installation and routine maintenance. The record of long-term OILFENCE™ applications in oil handling and producing installations around the world includes: offshore production platforms, exploratory rigs, single point mooring systems, oil jetties, settling ponds, marine terminals and other coastal facilities.
Designed and Engineered for Long-term Service
Thousands of feet of OILFENCE™ barrier have been in continuous use since 1972, a record of durability unmatched in the industry. Extended service life is the design fundamental of OILFENCE™ barriers. The system was specifically and totally planned for long-term, permanent installation - not adapted from a temporary use design. All materials are specifically chosen for durability and corrosion resistance under extreme conditions.
Adverse sea and climate conditions can make sophisticated inflatables or other booms hard to launch and keep in service. But difficult environments are no problem for OILFENCE™ containment. OILFENCE™ barriers perform to design standards in climates that range from sustained Arctic cold to the fierce summers of the Arabian Gulf. OILFENCE™ installations have proven effective and practical under widely varying sea, wind, and current conditions. Moreover, your crews can easily handle routine maintenance, section by section, without removal from service.
OILFENCE™ barriers are also an outstanding emergency containment solution. An OILFENCE™ barrier provides initial response capability and durability under sustained use that no inflatable or lightweight emergency response boom can deliver. In remote operations where an inflatable boom system can't be backed up, rugged and reliable OILFENCE™ barriers can form the basis for a realistic emergency response plan.
Super-Tough and Durable
OILFENCE™ installations reliably deliver many years of continuous and sustained service. OILFENCE™ materials are advanced synthetics that are both strong and highly resistant to degradation from salt water, ultra-violet light, ozone, and abrasion. OILFENCE™ stabilizers and flotation components are molded of high-strength plastics, resins, and fiberglass. The barrier fabric is woven polyester that is impregnated with polyurethane for very high resistance to both abrasion and tear.
OILFENCE™ containment is simple and fast to install. Sections connect securely without tools. The polymer, unisex end-connectors join with a patented double-quick lock that latches with twin stainless steel rods. A "super-tough" nylon handle at the top and bottom of each stabilizer allows effective tie-off and handling, plus secure storage bundling.
Simple to Use
Towing OILFENCE™ sections presents no difficulty. The system can include towing bridles that, like OILFENCE™ section connectors, quickly secure without tools. OILFENCE™ sections are lightweight for their size. With a bridle in place, a string of OILFENCE™ sections can be easily and safely towed into position.
The fully symmetrical design of OILFENCE™ sections, with equal freeboard and draft, greatly simplifies routine maintenance. When cleaning is needed, each section is simply turned over. The marine growth can then die and fall off. All OILFENCE™ surfaces are smooth and non-porous, so they are readily cleaned in position with pressure washers.
You can custom fit an OILFENCE™ barrier to the depth, wave, and tide conditions at your facility by choosing among four available heights: 16 inches overall height (half draft and half freeboard), 24 inches, 33 inches, and 48 inches. Sections of differing heights can also be easily connected together, when required for a particular installation.
Manufactured and Backed by a Leader in Containment Technology
Desmi-AFTI formerly Applied Fabric Technologies has specialized in the design and fabrication of high quality, oil spill control barriers since 1988. It is the direct successor of two companies that were pioneers in the oil spill control equipment industry from its beginning in the early 1970's.
Desmi-AFTI people have over 60 years of spill containment experience and a strong record of success in system design and engineering. Using a systems approach to long-term floating oil spill barrier projects, Desmi-AFTI experts can assist you with:
- Design, engineering and maintenance planning for your OILFENCE™ installation
- Application and contingency planning
- Storage or other control-related equipment
Proven in Long-Term Service
Throughout the 30 plus years that OILFENCE™ barriers have been marketed, Desmi-AFTI molded plastic components and fabric presently specified are today's superior performers.
The unique OILFENCE™ design remains a timeless classic, as practical, effective, and reliable a solution to spill-control needs today as it was when introduced. In fact, many of the original OILFENCE™ barriers are still in service, either where first installed or re-installed in new locations. Other boom systems have come and gone, but OILFENCE™ thrives because it cost-effectively delivers superior performance under the most difficult operating conditions.
Desmi-AFTI. guarantees OILFENCE™ booms to be free of defects in material and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase. The barrier fabric is warrantied against UV degradation for five years.
OILFENCE™ Performance Advantages
HIGH STABILITY in waves, wind, and currents, OILFENCE™ booms deliver outstanding stability, even in high currents or severe off-shore applications because of their unique, large ratio of flotation span to height. This ratio is possible because the OILFENCE™ system uses extra-wide outrigger flotation to support its high-tensile strength barrier fabric. Stiff, injection molded vertical stabilizers reduce bowing in currents and maintain an upright barrier against splash-over.
Measured to ASTM standards, OILFENCE™ buoyancy scores an impressively high 10 to 1 ratio. Moreover, in a very significant measure not included in the ASTM calculations, an OILFENCE™ boom responds quickly to wave impact, displaying a much steeper response curve than many inflatables and conventional systems. OILFENCE™ containment is also an outstanding performer in high winds. In three- meter waves, it has maintained freeboard and draft integrity through 100 kilometer (60 mile) per hour winds.
Your Complete Source for Spill Control Equipment and Support
Desmi-AFTI (Applied Fabric Technologies) offers one of the world's best ranges of oil spill equipment: booms, oil skimmers, absorbents, marine equipment, oil spill dispersants, and dispersant application equipment. Our own products, plus long-term, exclusive marketing arrangements with other world-class manufacturers, allow us to customize complete packages for your needs.
In addition, we offer support services that solve client problems: site surveys, consulting, training, and contingency planning programs. Our highly knowledgeable representatives around the world can advise you and coordinate the containment products, services, and support you need.
We also supply industry with uniquely engineered textiles including: high-temperature resistant conveyor belts, shrink fit roll covers of felt, and endless felt belts. We are the standard suppliers for many OEMS.