Pristine Sea I is a natural, non-toxic, non-hazardous clay sorbent specifically designed for quick response to oil spills associated with offshore platforms, pipelines, terminals, ports, and harbors. Pristine Sea I can be used in all weather and climates and is effective in remediating oil spills in freshwater, saltwater and brackish water.
Pristine Sea I uses amine-substituted water-swelling clays that chemically attach to fresh and weathered oil spills to form a semi-solid “cake” within hours of application. The resulting oil cakes are less dense than water, are cohesive enough and possess enough mechanical strength that they can be skimmed from the top of the water for reclamation. The bonding mechanism between Pristine Sea I and oil is irreversible. Pristine Sea I has proved effective on Louisiana Sweet, Alaskan North Slope, North Sea Brent, and aged Kuwaiti crude as well as light and heavy refined oils.
Pristine Sea I is usually sprayed on an oil spill in dry particle form using hand-held or ship mounted blowers. Pristine Sea I can also be mixed with water to enable it to be dispersed by ship-mounted spray guns. Pristine Sea can be applied by airplane in a fashion similar to crop dusting or via helicopters in a manner similar to forest fire fighting applications. The application of Pristine Sea I by aircraft and surface vessels requires minimal personnel making it ideal for shallow waters or remote areas where mechanical recovery and cleanup crews cannot be deployed.
When Pristine Sea is applied to an oil spill, it forms semi-solid clumps of solidified oil that can be mechanically collected without also collecting and treating large volumes of water. Oil solidified with Pristine Sea I can be collected in a variety of methods including fishing nets, floating fences, paddle collectors, etc. allowing the cleanup vessel to only take solidified oil onboard, not water.
Pristine Sea I offers a significant advantage over these competing technologies:
Physical removal (skimming or pumping)
Unlike Pristine Sea I, most physical removal methods require ideal weather, water turbulence and response time conditions.
Dispersion through detergents (dispersal agents)
Detergents are usually toxic and can cause more damage to aquatic life than the oil itself. Pristine Sea I is non-toxic and non-hazardous to marine life and the environment.
Sinking via clay
While most clays will remove oil from the surface, they can sink below the water to coat the bottom which is harmful to many forms of marine life. Pristine Sea I allows the solidified oil to float for easy reclamation.
Many alternative technologies require an almost immediate collection of clumps before the oil either sinks or break up again allowing the oil to desorb back into the water or affected shore. Oil captured by Pristine Sea I will not desorb.
Pristine Sea I is non-toxic and non-hazardous. Its ability to bond with oil and not desorb (leach) back into the water protects marine life and prevents oil from washing into bayous, marshes, beaches, and shorelines. Pristine Sea I can quickly “herd” oil into clustered clumps creating areas of open, clean water surface and allowing the penetration of sunlight that is essential to many marine species. The solidified oil cakes will float and remain intact in a variety of temperatures and water conditions ensuring complete reclamation. Pristine Sea I is 100% made in the USA.