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 were 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 Moment of Proof

American Fireboom is a fire resistant floating containment barrier that looks and behaves like a conventional oil spill boom but can support deliberately controlled combustion. It employs a unique high-temperature resistant core and ceramic fabric components that retain their integrity from -65 F to more than 2,000 F. During the Gulf of Mexico controlled burn operations, this oil boom withstood burns up to 11 hours in duration. This fire resistant oil containment boom has also been successfully tested in field trials (UK, Newfoundland) and the Exxon Valdez.

This ISB boom covered in sacrificial PVC material, is manufactured with high-temperature resistant materials including stainless steel knitted mesh, ceramic flotation, and built-in stainless steel tension cable. American FireBoom may be packaged for transport, storage and deployment using one of several systems; containers, open trays or airborne pallets.

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Elastec Fireboom Outperforms The Competition

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.”

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Safe Start Igniter for Insitu Burning Operations

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.

Safe Start igniter

ASTM Standards for In-Situ Burning of Oil

The following links offer information related to ASTM International  standards for in-situ burning of oil.

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