Cost of containment booms

SpillPro on 19 April 2018

The problem of choosing a containment boom

Rapid response to an oil spill is critical in order to minimise damage to the environment. Having oil containment booms available for immediate deployment is a key component of rapid response. But, which oil containment booms should you use? Different types of containment booms are designed for different applications. While you may be able to use a fire boom for a more general containment application, this is not the most cost-effective solution.

The purpose of this article is to help you identify which oil containment boom is best suited for your application and the approximate cost of purchase.

Different types of containment booms

  • Trash and debris booms are passive booms. Water current pushes the debris up against the boom, where it can then be removed from the water.

  • Inflatable and self-inflating booms can be folded away for storage when not in use. When deployed, they are filled with air, using a high capacity air blower, or they self-inflate, depending on the model. The air pressure causes them to float in the water and effectively contain the spill.

  • Foam-filled containment booms contain lightweight high-buoyancy foam inside a protective sheath. They can be quickly deployed, making them ideal for use in emergency response.

containment booms price guide trash inflatable and foam filled containment booms

Cost breakdown for containment booms

Boom typeApplicationMaterialStarting price

Trash and debris booms

Used in rivers, lakes and harbours to catch debris and remove it as close to the source as possible. 15mtr sections in PVC or 3 mtr sections in the Brute Boom

Flexible PVC

Brute Boom




Inflatable booms

Stored on hose reels and transported to spill site by boat or truck. Suitable for onshore or offshore use to contain oil spills for clean-up. 30mtr sections

Strong high-visibility fabric

Size 600mm $3,100

Size 900mm $4,100

Size 1200mm $5,200

Foam-filled booms

Rapid deployment from boat or shore for emergency response. 15mtr sections.

High-buoyancy foam with lightweight fabric.

Size300mm $330

Size 510mm $800

Size900mm $3,000

Checklist for choosing the best containment boom

Foam-filled booms

These are the cheapest solution for containing oil spills. Their lightweight construction makes them easy to deploy immediately after a spill is identified. However, these booms are not collapsible and, therefore, take up more space to store. Because of their bulky construction, they are also not easy to transport. If storage space is not a problem and the booms are located at, or near, the potential spill sites, then foam-filled containment booms are the way to go.

Inflatable and self-inflating booms

Inflatable and self-inflating booms are the intermediate solution in terms of containment boom pricing. The major advantage of these booms is their ability to be rolled onto hose reels or stored on pallets. Inflatable booms require a lot less storage space than foam-filled booms. They are also very easy to transport by boat or vehicle, from the storage area to the spill site.

Trash and debris booms

These booms are cheap and used for a very specific function. Do not attempt to use these booms to contain oil spills, because they are not designed to capture liquid like the other booms.

An ideal inventory of containment booms, that includes booms that respond to spills of any size and in any location, would include a combination of all the containment booms listed above. Consider the specific spills that you may be required to respond to and select the combination that best suits your needs.

Contact SpillPro for more information about containment booms

SpillPro supplies a range of containment booms designed to help you contain and clean up spills effectively and efficiently. Our experts can advise you on the best solution for your specific industry and facility. Get the best advice about containment booms from the SpillPro team today.

Find out more here, or call our expert team on 1800 368 450 today.