Oil-spills and the Top Products in the Case an Accident Happens

JohnFranco Joyce

Top Oil-Spill Products

An oil-spill is never good and, as a boater, you should do anything in your power to avoid harming the ecosystem and clean water. Protecting the ecosystem is the number one rule of boating.

It was just a handful of years ago in April of 2010 when an estimated 206 million gallons of oil tragically spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. This spill is seen as the largest accidental spill to ever occur. BP, the company at fault, attempted to fix the disaster but oil spilled for nearly three months before finally being capped off. This as occurred when a oil well below the Gulf gave way. This, in turn, created an explosion killing eleven people on the BP Deepwater Horizon. Aside from ruining the Gulf waters, the entire ecosystem was thrown off as marine life was impacted to a large degree. Even birds felt the impact. The impact is still ongoing according to experts. Aside from the 206 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf, 1.82 million gallons of dispersant were used in attempt to breakdown the oil. With much aid from governmental services and environmentalist groups, BP did its best to get as much oil to shore and out of the water. Over $14 billion has been spent by BP in an attempt to clean up this mess.

Spill Response

As a nonprofessional, by law you are not allowed to add disperants in an attempt to fix a spill. Rather, you must strictly utilize simple sorbents. These include synthetic or natural materials and pads. These materials are meant to soak up the oil. Obviously, they will not remove the oil in its entirety. If a spill does, in fact, create a strong discoloration in the water then you are required to report that spill to the United States Coast Guard National Response Center. Spills commonly occur as a result of overfueling your tank. This is one reason why out of water fueling is highly suggested if possible. Also, discharging the bilge into water creates oil spillage.

Few products are actually safe and legal to use to aid in a oil spill. Check out what the Boat U.S. Foundation for Clean Water and Boating Safety suggested to use below.

Oil Spill KitEnviro-Bond 403 Bilge Sock

The price range extends from $12 to $17 dollars. It can be used in both the bilge and open water and is seen as highly effective considering it is not seen as toxic.

C.I. Agent Marine Pillow

Priced around $21 dollars, this is solely to be used for your bilge. Its lacks toxic chemicals and is considered very effective.

West Marine Bilge Oilsorber

Typically, this product is extremely affordable, costing no more than $15 dollars. It can be used on the open water and in the bilge. West System Marine also offers a wide array of products that fix boat leaks.

That's your top three

The above listed products are the three products tested by the Boat U.S. Foundation for Clean Water and Boating Safety that were found to be safe and legal.