Affixing Oil Containment Boom to a Pier

Tidal Compensators and Boom Connectors

tidal compensatorsQuestion: We would like to affix an oil containment boom to a pier near a marina to keep oil and pollution contained. However, we are concerned about the tides coming in and breaking the boom. Do you have any recommendations?

Answer: We agree the tides would be a concern when trying to affix an Oil Containment Boom to a pier. To help with boom placement in these conditions, we offer a Tidal Compensator for moving water conditions. There are both standard and HD models available. Our tidal compensators act as boom connectors for use in rivers, lakes, and oceans.

We manufacture our tidal adjusters and containment boom in the USA, and can work with you to determine exactly what type of solution you need for your project.

Need help with boom in tidal conditions? For solutions and more information about our tidal compensators, call us at 1-772-646-0597 or Contact Us to discuss your project.

Tidal Compensator Models and Features

tidal adjusterTypically, tidal compensators are made from stainless steel or marine-grade aluminum. The tidal adjuster has the following features:

  • Stainless Steel or Aluminum
  • Metallic Frame
  • Rollers
  • Floats
  • Boom Connector

All connectors are designed to fit over a standard I-beam (2 3/4" or 4").

The containment boom tidal adjuster comes in two different models depending on the tidal conditions: standard tidal compensator and heavy duty (HD) tidal compensator.

The main difference between the standard and HD models is the orientation of the wheels within the roller bracket. The HD tidal compensator offers a sturdier connection for particularly rough conditions.

Heavy Duty Tidal Compensators vs. Standard Tidal Compensators

The main difference between the Standard Tidal Compensator and HD models is the orientation of the wheels within the roller bracket. The HD Tidal Compensator offers a sturdier connection for particularly rough conditions.

The wheel orientation also differs between the standard and HD tidal compensator. The standard tidal compensator wheels are parallel, while the HD type wheels feature four, slide nylon wheels that are both parallel and perpendicular to the boom or the curtain. This wheel design allows the boom connector less opportunity to get stuck in place with rising tides.

When faced with harsher conditions, the heavy duty tidal compensator is more equipped to handle extra force.

Tidal Compensator Applications and Accessories

installing oil containment boomYou can apply the tidal compensator on docks, piers, and pilings. Attaching the tidal compensator in these areas is helpful with oil containment boom and can be used with these types of barriers.

  • Turbidity Curtains
  • Oil Containment Boom
  • Debris Boom

Using your tidal compensator in conjunction with different Containment Boom Accessories can add to the impact of your containment project.


Containment Boom Accessories and Uses

  • Tow Bridle
    Tow bridles are essential when delivering the floating barrier to its containment location. When towing a barrier, the chance of it tearing is increased by the amount of water being towed against it. A tow bridle evenly distributes the load being pulled against the barrier. Bridles come in small, medium, and large.
  • containment boom accessories
  • Anchoring Kits
    Marine mooring anchors secure barriers and boom, boats, buoys, and floating docks. When installing and maintaining curtain and boom, anchor kits stabilize the boom against moving water. Anchor kits have different hold strengths of 22, 40, or 65 lbs.
  • Buoys
    Buoys and other navigational guides are a way to set apart the barrier from other activities happening in the water. From marine traffic to dredging, having the barrier's location highlighted for others to notice will keep it safe and in good working condition.
  • Marker Lights
    To give your barrier even more visibility on the water, marker lights, attached to a buoy and a pole, will keep your barrier visible in day light and clearly seen even during the night.
  • Reefing Lines
    Reefing lines allow you to adjust the depth of the barrier or curtain depending on the incoming tides and layout of the location. Adjusting the lines will help when water depths vary in your location either due to weather or other influences.

We manufacture our boom, barriers, and tidal adjusters in the USA and can work with you to meet your project's needs. Whether you need a heavy duty tidal compensator for extra protection against rising tides or a standard tidal compensator, our products help you get the job done correctly.

Do you have questions about the tidal compensator? We can help. Call GEI Works at 1-772-646-0597 or contact us.