oil boom

oil boom

Ölsperre ´boom´ del petróleo barrière de confinement

Definition

A floating device used to contain oil on a body of water. Once the boom has been inflated, it is towed downwind of the oil slick and formed into a U-shape; under the influence of wind, the oil becomes trapped within the boom. Skimming equipment travels into the boom enclosure and the oil is pumped into containers.

Broader terms

water pollution