The Elastec line of OptiMax containment boom is ideal for controlling oil and debris in rivers, estuaries, ports, and harbors. It features a high-buoyancy reserve provided by stable, closed-cell foam log floats. OptiMax conforms to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 for Protected Water and Fast Currents. Read how our containment boom stopped trash and debris on a residential waterfront. American Marine, a division of Elastec, has been manufacturing quality floating boom and barrier products since 1967. Fill out our questionnaire and tell us about your project.

OptiMax is a strong and versatile containment boom that meets OPA 90 specification for use in rivers, streams and near shore ocean environments. OptiMax II is the contractor’s boom of choice for rivers and streams where conditions such as a fast current may exist that requires additional buoyancy reserve.

OptiMax boom is an industry standard oil spill containment boom. Its lightweight and reliable construction makes it ideal for shoreline and coastal protection. It is an inexpensive boom, yet it features a high buoyancy reserve provided by stable closed cell foam log floats. Manufactured in fully welded PVC material, this boom is fitted with handles and anchor points, and is offered with a variety of accessories.

OptiMax Spec Chart

OptiMax boom comes in standard section lengths of 50 ft / 15 m or 100 ft / 30 m. Custom sizes are available upon request. The boom is supplied with ASTM compliant interchangeable end connectors for rapid coupling of sections. End connectors are fitted with sacrificial Zinc anodes. OptiMax complies with United States Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 33.Pt 154. App.C for Rivers and canals, Inland and Great Lakes and conforms with ASTM standard F1523 for Calm Water, Calm Water-Current and Protected Water.

Optional Accessories: Anchor Sets, Tidal Compensator, Tow Bridle, Marker Lights, Boom Stand Off Units, Repair Kits, Alternative Connectors, BoomVane™.

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A resident in Michigan had a problem. Dead fish, seaweed and large floating debris was invading her waterfront area. The look and smell were awful. Efforts to keep areas around homes on the water previously involved using blowers to try to push the debris further out with little success. The homeowner felt that there must be a better solution.

To find that solution, she turned to the Internet. After searching for boom or containment systems for holding back debris she found Elastec. The homeowner said that Elastec and its line of debris containment boom really stood out. After consulting a sales representative, the homeowner purchased Optimax 1 containment boom and installed it around the residential waterfront.

She reports that the boom is doing an excellent job of keeping the seaweed, dead fish and floating debris away from her dock. She says that seaweed is already starting to show up this year but that thanks to Optimax her water is clean and beautiful.

Optimax Boom Specifications

ModelOptiMax I - 13 inOptiMax I - 19 inOptiMax II - 14 inOptiMax II - 20 in
Height13 in / 330 mm19 in / 480 mm14 in / 350 mm20 in / 500 mm
Freeboard7 in / 180 mm7 in / 180 mm8 in / 200 mm8 in / 200 mm
Draft6 in / 150 mm12 in / 300 mm6 in / 150 mm12 in / 300 mm
Top Tension5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Cable5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Cable1/4 in / 6 mm Stainless Cable1/4 in / 6 mm Stainless Cable
Bottom Tension5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Steel Chain5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Steel Chain5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Steel Chain5/16 in / 8 mm Galv. Steel Chain
Weight2.2 lb/ft - 3.3 kg/m2.3 lb/ft - 3.4 kg/m2.3 lb/ft - 3.4 kg/m2.4 lb/ft - 3.6 kg/m
Actual Breaking Strength6,400 lb / 2,900 kg6,400 lb / 2,900 kg6,400 lb / 2,900 kg6,400 lb / 2,900 kg

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