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ROC Barrier - Rapid Oil Containment Barrier

ROC Barrier - Rapid Oil Containment Barrier




The ROC (Rapid Oil Containment) Barrier  TM uses a combination of proprietary high-extension sorbent barrier, along with a patented, extremely compact and easy-to-use deployment system to ensure the rapid response and containment of oil spills unlike anything used in the marketplace today. Using innovative technology, the ROC Barrier TM   is deployed at speeds of up to 54.7 kilometres per hour, over five times faster than conventional oil containment booms.   


The ROC Barrier TM  is the only available oil containment system small enough to allow tankers, ships and other watercraft, as well as marinas, harbours, ports, shipping lanes, beaches and other water entry points to store it on site so that it can be deployed quickly following an oil spill. The canister, which holds the film laminate used to contain an oil spill, measures just 50.8cm in length, by 20.3cm  in width, and 20.3cm in depth.  

 The film laminate used in the ROC Barrier TM is essentially a two-dimensional product when stored, and a third dimension  (bulk), is added on deployment. It uses adsorbent versus absorbent principles. The film laminate is an oilophilic (oil attracting) olefin-type substrate similar to polyethylene film. It has a thickness of just 0.127 mm. A standard 304.8m roll of product is only 15.4cm in diameter and requires 1/20 of the storage space required by similar absorbent materials currently used in the oil spill control industry. 


In addition to its compact storage capability, the laminate film is capable of absorbing the spilled oil it is intended to contain, while having the unique characteristic of not absorbing the water it is deployed on. Unlike similar absorbing materials which begin to hold water immediately after deployment, the laminate film is oil adsorbing plastic material that floats on water but will not absorb it. 

The ROC Barrier TM is the only available oil containment system designed to contain up to 100 per cent of the oil from a spill - without absorbing the water. Even better, the oil can be reused, dramatically reducing the economic clean-up costs. 

Traditionally, the most common way to contain and control a spill is by using an oil boom. Oil booms are bulky and made of heavy materials making them difficult to store at sea or at water entry points such as marinas, and therefore they can only be transported to the site after an oil spill is reported. They also require specialized equipment for transport and setup as well as skilled personnel for proper deployment.  Other methods to combat oil spills include the application of chemicals to help the oil mix with water; and burning the spilled oil once it has been collected by a containment boom.   The ROC Barrier TM  has been developed out of the critical need for a more advanced method of preventing the devastating ecological and economic effects of oil spills. It is the only available oil containment system compact enough to allow even small watercraft to store and access it easily so that it can be deployed rapidly following an oil spill.


With its compact size and ease of storage, the ROC Barrier deploys rapidly at speeds of up to 54.7 kilometres per hour after an oil spill occurs, and the beginning of the film laminate is tossed from the back of any small watercraft creating a barrier around the forming oil slick or spill. As the film laminate lands in the water, the friction of the water holds it in place. While the watercraft circles the perimeter of the oil spill, the film laminate continuously streams from the dispenser to immediately contain and prevent the spill from becoming a run-away slick.

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