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An oil slick has blown into our dock, has anyone any ideas what, if anything, I should do about it, I thought of spraying washing up liquid.

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Most people tend to use washing up liquid, but you could take a walk along the road to Boulter's. They may have a non detergent dispersant in stock.

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I’ve been told the best thing to do is nothing. Sun and wind action will break it down and disperse it. All the detergent does is to reduce the surface tension of the water, causing the oil to  sink, where it will remain as a pollutant for longer than if you just left it alone. Or you could put a boom across the mouth of your dyke and mop it up with cheap disposal nappies. Where’s Mrs Mercator when you need her.  Smile

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Of course, I should have tried to contact her in the first place. Will try the nappy idea, still finding Grandma's supplies in cupboards.


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Paladine is absolutely correct; authority from a long way up has to be given nowadays to spray oil spills at sea.

The best thing is to purchase and use an "adsorbent pad", which is specifically designed to be used for oil spills. The fibres of the mat do not absorb water and the mat will float on the surface of your dock. However the oil itself will collect in between the fibres of the mat and be retained (adsorbed), due to surface tension. When full, the mat can be squeezed out and reused.  Very clever things, but I'm afraid I've no idea where you'd buy one! (The same material is used to form floating booms to both retain and collect spills.)

However, whether it would actually be worth it to address an oily iridescent sheen on the surface of the water is debatable - a little oil goes a very, very long way on the water surface!

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The best thing is to notify the EA and let them come along with an absorbant boom leaving your own cash to spend on beer.
I think it's 0800 807060, I've used it a few times when diesel has gushed out of an outfall into a local brook from an industrial estate, best if you can give them a grid reference.

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Yes these oil absorbent booms are available, have a look on eBay. Specifically designed for this purpose they are extremely effective and don't involve any use of chemicals.  I would be surprised if these are not available to the BA. Rangers. They should be!
Having experience of these things on a large marine spill I can say just how useful they are. Small booms of this type can be towed behind a small craft and would quickly pick up all the oil in a situation such as that described.


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Screwfix do a convenient size spill kit for under £20, l have a similar thing aboard 'borrowed' from when I worked in construction and it was mandatory on sites, only for use if an accidents occurs on my boat.
I use one of the sheets under the engine to catch drips, it lasts a year or more depending on conditions.

https://www.screwfix.com/p/lubetech-30ltr-oil-spill-kit/22757

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Oil or diesel?  

A small amount of diesel spreads out a long way, and leaves a rainbow coloured slick on the surface.  Left alone it will evaporate in bright sun, or be chopped up and dispersed by strong wind, or prop wash.  Basically, unless there really is masses of it, (and a little does go a long way, so it usually looks worse than it really is) leave it alone.

Oil a more serious issue.  Absorbent mats or a boom to stop it going anywhere.  The Broads Authority are primarily responsible if it originates from boats (the Environment Agency if it comes from the land). Both have contingency plans for dealing with major issues or would be able to attend and advise for minor issues.  The BA Rangers do carry a basic oil spill kit on their launches.

If it’s serious, report it!

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Thank you all for your advice. I tried the 'nappy' idea, good in theory but didn't work in practise as it absorbed water at once then pushed the slick away. I wouldn't know how to tell the difference between oil and diesel. It was probably not enough for the EA or Blessed Authority to be interested and the tide had taken it away by morning (anyone do that experiment at school where you measured the size of an oil molecule by seeing how far a droplet spread?). Interesting that detergent spray is no longer recommended, I did read an article some time back talking about the damage such treatment caused when used on major oil spills at sea

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