NOFI Current Buster® 4
NOFI Current Buster® 4 has been developed for use in coastal areas, particularly in ocean currents. The system is currently in use by oil spill control organizations such as the Norwegian Coastal Administration Department for Emergency Response, NOFO - the Norwegian Clean Seas Association for Operating Companies, Statoil, RWS - Rijkswaterstaat, Netherlands, PAJ - Petroleum Association of Japan, Saudi Aramco and Qatar Petroleum.
Tests of the NOFI Current Buster® 4 (carried out by the US Coast Guard) indicate that the system collects and retains oil at towing speeds of up to 4 knots, with an acceptable loss of oil, also in short period waves. The NOFI Current Buster® 4 offers excellent area coverage and flexibility in towing speeds up to 4 knots due to its compact and light construction which facilitates effective towing between oil spill slicks. The system is compact and can be stored on a reel or pallet. The NOFI Current Buster® 4 is well suited for single-vessel operations when used along with the patented BoomVane otter board.
The Canadian Coast Guard summarized the test results of the NOFI Current Buster® 4 thus:
"Overall, the Current Buster® 4 performed as the manufacturer had indicated. The system was able to function at higher tow speeds than are possible with conventional booms. It is believed that the device represents a new generation of spill control technologies that add significantly to the capability to contain and collect spilled oil in coastal waters.”