Debris Booms and Barriers

Control Barriers for Water

heavy duty permanent debris boomDebris Booms are a floating containment barrier designed to control the spread of plastic trash, debris, leaves, timber, and various other aquatic plants. Constructed from marine grade fabrics and components, these containment booms have been successfully implemented in a range of marine locations. Due to the varying conditions of these sites, debris booms are made in three different models:

  • Calm Water Booms
  • Fast Water Booms
  • Open Water Booms

Please view our specifications below for more information or give our team a call to discuss your containment boom project specifications.

Questions? We can help! Call our team at 1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form to discuss your project's requirements.

Floating Debris Boom Typical Specifications

Calm Water Booms

Height Freeboard Draft Ballast Tension Cable
10 in. (25cm) 4 in. (10cm) 6 in. (15cm) 1/4 in. N/A
18 in. (46cm) 6 in. (15cm) 12 in. (30cm) 1/4 in. N/A

Fast Water Booms

Height Freeboard Draft Ballast Tension Cable
11 in. (28cm) 5 in. (10cm) 6 in. (15cm) 1/4 in. 1/4 in.
13 in. (33cm) 7 in. (18cm) 6 in. (15cm) 1/4 in. 5/16 in.
19 in. (48cm) 7 in. (18cm) 6 in. (15cm) 5/16 in. 5/16 in.
25 in. (64cm) 9 in. (23cm) 16 in. (40cm) 5/16 in. 5/16 in.

Open Water Booms

Height Freeboard Draft Ballast Tension Cable
31 in. (78cm) 11 in. (28cm) 20 in. (50cm) 5/16 in. 5/16 in.
37 in. (94cm) 13 in. (33cm) 24 in. (61cm) 5/16 in. 5/16 in.


Floating Debris Boom Flyer

Color Options: All debris booms come standard in a bright yellow color. For aquatic plants or golf courses, darker colors such as green, blue, or black are also available on request.
Salt Water:

If you will be using the debris boom in a salt water location, we recommend the addition of stainless steel cables and zinc anode connectors. These components offer a higher corrosion resistance than standard options, making your boom longer lasting.

If these changes are cost prohibitive and your project is only short term, standard galvanized cables can be used for up to one year.

Accessories: Anchor Kits, Tow Bridle, Tidal Compensator

Litter, Trash and Debris Boom Barrier Applications

debris boomsThe floating boom is one of the most versatile options available for containment and collection of trash, debris, and other floating materials. Standard uses include:

In addition to use in standard conditions, this debris boom has also been frequently used after natural disasters to help collect and contain debris. With large storms, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods waters, areas can be polluted with various types of debris. Installed similar to an oil containment barrier, these debris cleanup booms can be used to contain debris and prevent movement into new locations.
This debris can include plastic trash and rubbish like single-use plastic cups, plastic bottles, plastic straws, food wrappers, trash bags, and microplastics. Using debris booms to contain plastic trash and plastic rubbish will be effective in a variety of locations.

Questions about plastic pollution debris containment? Please feel free to call us at 1-772-646-0597 or request a price quote.

Debris Containment Boom Installation

floating debris barriersTrash and Debris Booms are installed based on the layout, design and conditions of your location. For calm water areas, booms are often anchored at the end of each section. Anchoring can be achieved through docks, pilings, or shoreline anchor points. For moving water locations, additional anchor points will be placed along the barrier to keep the boom in position.

Two of the most common installation methods are:

  1. Along an Entrance: One installation option is to insert debris barriers at the entrance of your water area. Here they will collect floating debris and aquatic plants before they enter and pollute the entire area.
  2. Shore Deployment: Shore deployment is used when items need to naturally wash up along shores for easy collection and clean up. This is commonly used for storm debris cleanup and other applications where easy collection and spread prevention is required.

Items can also be collected through means of trash skimmers, vacuum trailers, and harvesters.

Read answers to customer questions about:

How to anchor boom and attach it to a pier

Questions? We can help! Call our team at 1-772-646-0597 or fill out our quote request form to discuss your project's requirements.