In the summer of 2010 we supported the controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico to minimize the impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Several models of fire resistant oil containment boom were deployed in the early stages of the insitu burning, two of which (American Fireboom and Hydro-Fire® Boom) are manufactured by Elastec. These booms proved to be the most resilient and were responsible for the longest continuous burns and for immolating the largest amount of oil from the marine environment.
By the time the Deepwater Horizon well was capped, 411 controlled burns were conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, with the majority employing Elastec’s fire booms. The duration of our patented Hydro-Fire® Boom and American Fireboom systems lasted four times longer than the competition’s – some up to 12 hours. Elastec holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the “Longest Continuous Burn of Oil Spill at Sea.”
The Elastec Safe Start Igniter is designed to provide a safe and easy way to start controlled insitu burns (ISB) for oil spill recovery operations. These igniters were used extensively in the Deepwater Horizon controlled burn operation in the Gulf of Mexico.
Each 1 gal. / 3.8 l container is preloaded with non-toxic Safe Start gelling agent to be mixed with diesel fuel. Common marine flares are used as the ignition source, melting the container and allowing the gelled burning fuel to spread.
American Fireboom is a fire resistant oil boom that was originally developed in conjunction with 3M and produced under license. Thousands of feet of this boom have been supplied around the world for insitu burning (ISB) operations. This product is a first generation fire boom using ceramic floats. During the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, American Fireboom and Elastec’s Hydro-Fire® Boom were the top two performing ISB systems.
The Hydro-Fire® Boom is an inflatable, water-cooled system designed for insitu burning (ISB) operations during oil spill response. Elastec Hydro-Fire® Boom holds the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® title for the “Longest Continuous Burn of Oil Spill at Sea,” which occurred during the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
ASTM Standards for In-Situ Burning of Oil
The following links offer information related to ASTM International standards for in-situ burning of oil.
- F1788-19 Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil Spills on Water: Environmental and Operational Considerations
- F1990-19 Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Spilled Oil: Ignition Devices
- F2152-07(2018) Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Spilled Oil: Fire-Resistant Boom
- F2230-19 Standard Guide for In-situ Burning of Oil Spills on Water: Ice Conditions
- F2533-20 Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil in Ships or Other Vessels
- F2823-20 Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Oil Spills in Marshes
- F3195-16 Standard Guide for Estimating the Volume of Oil Consumed in an In-Situ Burn