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Companies offer help for oil spill protection

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to grow, some companies are offering information on new or refined products to help boaters and industry workers deal with the aftermath. Others are offering tips on how to remove oil from their products.

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Working with MBI International, Restructure Marine Products has modified the formulation of its Professional Marine Polish product to make it virtually impervious to the penetration of oil, according to the company.

Following an application of the polish, the removal of accumulated oil is quickly accomplished by just spraying the oil off with a water hose, the company said in a release.

The modified polish will be available for shipment starting Monday.

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Coppercoat is offering its customers affected by the spill instructions for the removal of oil from the Coppercoat antifouling on the hull.

For lightly contaminated hulls: Use a good detergent (biodegradable is better) to wash the hull thoroughly to remove the oil residue. Use the best industry and regulatory practices for the catchment of the oil residue to ensure that no runoff enters the water. Once the hull is cleaned of oil, the Coppercoat-treated hull can be relaunched.

The Coppercoat will not have been damaged by the oil and there is no need to replace or recoat the Coppercoat.

For heavily contaminated hulls: Use a good detergent (biodegradable is better) to wash the hull using a good quality scrub brush to remove as much oil as possible. If the hull still has oil on it repeat the process until all of the oil is removed. Coppercoat is a water-based epoxy, so you can really scrub it hard if necessary without removing the Coppercoat that is protecting the hull.

Use the best industry and regulatory practices to catch and dispose of the oily residue. When the hull is clean of oil, return the boat to the water with no damage to the Coppercoat antifouling.

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