Curtain and Containment Boom Ice Safety
Marine Boom and Turbidity Curtain Damage Prevention
Carefully monitor and regularly inspect your debris boom or turbidity curtain to maximum performance and successful results. Also, keep a close eye on poor weather conditions, and remove your barrier when necessary to avoid project or system failure and to prevent damage.
During winter conditions, curtain and containment boom safety can be a particular problem. In a colder climate, never leave debris boom or turbidity curtain in place during the winter months. Ice can cause the PVC fabric to rip on the flotation coverings and curtain skirting. Ice blocks or sheets can also cause your floating barrier to break free from lines and anchoring, causing serious failure. Large floating chunks of ice hitting fabric barriers will typically destroy the product solution.
When shallow water begins to freeze, the extraction time has come. Mobilize your workforce to remove the curtain or boom as soon as possible. Also keep an eye out for any changes in the weather that may put your marine boom or curtain at risk of failure or damage. Be sure to have a turbidity curtain and containment boom safety plan in advance. Storm surge, excessive high-speed winds, extreme weather systems, hurricanes, and other major events are dangerous, unsuitable conditions for boom or curtain to remain on location.
Remove your floating barrier, along with any floats and anchors when icy conditions are on the horizon. Turbidity curtain can be more challenging. Even in favorable weather, it can be difficult to remove curtain without damaging it. During deployment, the curtain handles more easily because of its furled state. But once unfurled, it can be extremely cumbersome. These problems are greatly compounded in icy conditions.
Using factory-installed Reefing Lines can greatly reduce removal times, providing efficient furling points along the skirts.
Be sure any personnel are thoroughly trained in handling turbidity curtain or floating boom barriers during retrieval operations, especially in inclement conditions. Have a well laid-out plan, observe containment boom safety precautions, and keep a close eye on the weather.
For more information about deployment and recovery, read through the installation guides for floating boom barriers and turbidity curtain.