Coast Guard exercises pollution-response skills

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – Honolulu based Coast Guardsmen are scheduled to conduct pollution response and containment boom deployment training in Keehi Lagoon, Thursday and Friday.

Containment boom consists of interconnected floating barriers that restrict or divert the flow of oil in open water. Effective boom deployment is a key component of pollution response strategy. Coast Guard District 14 and Sector Honolulu servicemembers will exercise and refine their boom deployment skills through classroom instruction and deployment simulations at the following locations: Barbers Point, Sand Island Bridge, and Keehi Lagoon.

“Every year in Hawaii the Coast Guard responds to hundreds of real and potential oil spills to ensure they are properly cleaned up to protect Hawaii’s pristine waters & ecosystem,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Derrenbacher, chief of incident management at Sector Honolulu. “This opportunity to refine and test our boom deployment skills enhances our readiness and ability to protect local waters.”

Media are invited to attend the training and learn more about how pollution response tactics are used to protect Hawaii’s sensitive natural resources.

Thursday’s training is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.

Friday’s training is scheduled for 8 a.m. through 10 a.m.

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