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Boulder Cleaner brush cleaning system


Boulder Cleaner is an on-shore brush boulder cleaner which allows the operator to rapidly recover oil whilst brushing the rocks.

Boulder Cleaner is an on-shore brush boulder cleaner. It is hydraulically driven and can be connected to any self-priming suction pump or Ro-Vac unit. The Boulder Cleaner is an innovation in the way oil spills in difficult conditions can be cleaned up. Traditionally, hand mop units, shovels and absorbent pads have been used to laboriously clean the oil from the shoreline by hand.


This new unit allows the operator to rapidly recover oil whilst “brushing” the rocks. It can also be used on oil on the water surface, or nearly any other surface. The Boulder Cleaner skimmer head has a small hydraulic motor which is used to power the brush unit which makes contact with the oil. However, due to the versatile suction lance, the single operator is able to direct the skimmer head to any awkward areas or difficult surfaces whilst remaining at a safe distance.


Due to the Boulder Cleaner’s construction from seawater-resistant aluminium, the system is extremely rugged, but very lightweight, which ensures the system can be operated easily by a single operator. Once the oil has been removed a suction pump or vacuum tank is able to remove it to a safe area for disposal at a later date.


Advantages of the Boulder Cleaner:

  • Easy to use in difficult conditions
  • Lightweight, portable, and highly versatile design
  • Can be used with various types of pump, depending on what is available
  • Made primarily in aluminium to keep weight to a minimum
  • Extremely reliable due to few moving parts, and construction from rugged and light-weight aluminium
  • Can be used to clean up oil both on land and on water if required



DESMI designs and manufactures an extensive range of systems to recover oil and chemicals from the marine and inland environment. DESMI products include skimmers, booms, storage tanks, power packs, pumps, dispersant systems, vessels and ancillary items.

DESMI’s extensive range of containment booms and oil skimmers supports their oil spill response solutions which are highly trusted in the industry. Whether the requirement is for offshore or shoreline areas; the arctic or equatorial environment, DESMI delivers proven solutions for all spill conditions and offers outstanding life-cycle costs.

Global Spill Control is DESMI’s authorised Australian partner.

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