Turbidity Curtain and Boom Anchoring in Tidal Areas
The tidal compensator is a unique adjustment system that is designed to help floating silt barriers, oil booms, and/or debris booms self-adjust with changing water tides. Correct usage of marine accessories will help protect your investment in a turbidity curtain or boom barrier. We have both standard and HD models available. See our Floating Barrier Accessories (PDF).
In order to achieve this goal, the tidal compensator attaches on one end to the boom and on the other end to any of the following structures:
As the water level adjusts, the side floats equally adjust. This, in turn, moves the boom up and down. This helps keep the boom where it needs to be at any given time.
Tidal Compensator In Use
Tidal Compensator Construction and Use
The products are typically constructed with the following materials and components:
Composition: Typically, tidal compensators are made out of either a stainless steel or marine grade aluminum.
Connector: Beams will feature one connector that is capable of fitting a standard I beam (2 3/4" or 4" in size)
The tidal adapter is designed to hook up to stationary structures and rise or fall with changing water levels. Each tidal system typically includes the following components:
- Metallic Frame with Rollers
- Boom Connector
Preferred for rough water conditions, the HD tidal compensator adds additional heavy duty brackets and a modified roller assembly. The new design better helps prevent boom or curtain from becoming stuck in the process.
Other Marine Anchoring Accessories
In addition to this tidal adapter, we also offer several marine accessories that help with anchoring, securing, and installing your turbidity barrier or containment boom to its proper location. These accessories include the following:
- Tow Bridle: The tow bridle is designed to help easily tow your product out to its intended location. Towing bridles will be attached to the end connector of a barrier to easily pull the unit to its needed location.
- Anchoring Systems: Anchoring systems, or kits, are one of the easiest ways to keep your boom in place during use in moving water locations. Anchor kits typically include anchors, painter ropes, and buoys to help stabilize the barrier without placing too much weight on the system.
All Marine Accessories are designed to help with the deployment of a silt barrier, debris boom, or oil containment barrier.
See a customer question about using a Tidal Compensator for a Floating Baffle.