AFTI Chosen as Supplier to BP Oil Cleanup Efforts; Calls in Inventories From Around the World to Provide Immediate Spill Relief

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Applied Fabric Technologies Inc., a US-based company, is providing oil spill containment and clean-up systems to BP and participating contractors to assist in clean-up efforts in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. AFTI, along with parent company Desmi Ro-Clean, has been involved since day one of the oil spill clean up. Oil spill clean-up and containment products such as booms, fire booms, skimmers and boats are being collected from the AFTI inventory and customer inventories around the world to be put into effect immediately at the site of the BP spill.

Applied Fabric Technologies Inc., a US-based company, is providing oil spill containment and clean-up systems to BP and participating contractors to assist in clean-up efforts in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico.

AFTI, along with parent company Desmi Ro-Clean, has been involved since day one of the oil spill clean up. Oil spill clean-up and containment products such as booms, fire booms, skimmers and boats are being collected from the AFTI inventory and customer inventories around the world to be put into effect immediately at the site of the BP spill.

Booms are floating barriers that are used to contain an oil spill, allowing it to up cleaned up while minimizing damage to the surrounding areas and ecosystems. Specialty devices such as fire boom create a controlled environment in which the oil can be ignited and burned off as a clean-up method. AFTI’s patented product, PyroBoom, has been in use since May 23. BP has purchased significant quantities of PyroBoom from an AFTI/DCR customer in Algeria.

“Our PyroBoom burn kit went into service the day after it was received, and several days later, it was still going strong despite numerous burns and continuous exposure to extreme conditions. It out performs similar booms on the market,” said Peter Lane, president and CEO of AFTI.

He continued, “Our customers have agreed to sell their PyroBoom inventories to BP, provided it is replaced by AFTI. We are actively working with BP to provide the necessary equipment as quickly as possible to stop the spilled oil from coming ashore.”

Lane, an oil-spill industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience, has been on-site in Grand Isle, La., to assist with the installation of booms and skimmers for near shore clean-up operations. He also provided training and set-up assistance to teams who will be managing clean-up efforts on larger offshore vessels – a tactic recognized by the spill management team to be very effective.

Additional AFTI and DCR personnel will travel to Louisiana this month to meet with the spill management team for a clearer picture of what products and services will be most effective in containing and cleaning up the spill. Numerous DESMI skimmers, borrowed from the United States Coast Guard, and other contractor inventories are being used throughout response operations as well.

ABOUT AFTI
Applied Fabric Technologies Inc. is a subsidiary of Desmi Ro-Clean. AFTI offers more than 40 years of experience as a specialized supplier of boom, oilboom, oilfence, PyroBoom and other solutions for oil spill clean-up and containment systems. For additional information please call (800) 662-0634 or visit http://www.appliedfabric.com online.

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