Gladiator is a
unique silicone-based liquid for the control of oil spills on water.
spreads across the water surface, pushing the oil away and consolidating it on
the surface. Its spreading action is very strong: it will keep spreading across
a large water body until it forms a thin film on
By applying Gladiator at appropriate
locations around a spill, the oil can be concentrated for easy collection by booms
Why is Gladiator so
Gladiator has a very low surface tension, which
translates into a strong spreading pressure, and hence it is an effective means
of concentrating oil.
Another feature of Gladiator is that its
viscosity remains stable over a wide temperature range. For example in icy
waters the handling and spreading characteristics of
Gladiator will not be significantly affected.
Gladiator can be applied in any
situation where an oil slick has spread across the water surface.
It is most effective when applied on
opposite sides of a slick so as to compress the oil into a narrow band for
collection by a skimmer or other suitable equipment.
For oil spills in fairly confined spaces
such as a dock location, we recommend that Gladiator is trickled along the edge
of a slick in such a way as to direct the oil away from obstructions. It is
easier to collect the concentrated oil from open water than from around piers,
bollards and other obstructions..
Gladiator is most effective in calm
waters, but it can also be beneficial in rougher waters. In these conditions,
it should be applied in a location where the wind and tidal pressures will help
it to spread towards the slick. A second application should be made at the
other side of the slick. Whilst this may not actually push the oil against the
wind and/or tidal forces, it will assist in forming a barrier against further
it be Applied at the Shoreline?
If applied from a shoreline, Gladiator can
be an effective ‘last line of defence’ against an advancing oil slick. In
addition, wave action will coat pebbles and rocks with a thin film of
Gladiator, helping to prevent any oil from adhering.
Rates and Equipment?
The appropriate application rate depends
on many factors including the thickness of the slick, the nature of the oil,
the surface conditions of the water and weather conditions.
Our trials have indicated that a rate of
about 10 ml of Gladiator per lineal metre of oil spill (1 fluid ounce per 10
lineal feet) can be used as a general guide.
On larger spills, this equates to about 10
litres per lineal kilometre, or 4 gallons per lineal mile.
Gladiator can simply be poured on to the
water – spray equipment is not required.
What about the
Impact on the Environment?
is non-toxic. It forms an almost invisible film on the surface. Being very
thin, the film does not affect the activities of birds or other aquatic life.
silicone film degrades into silicates - the most common mineral in the earth’s crust.