Coast Guard to Conduct Pollution Response Drill

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The Coast Guard is scheduled to deploy its Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) Wednesday at 12 p.m. from a commercial towing vessel in the Upper Reach of the East River in Brunswick.

The VOSS and oil containment boom deployment is part of Marine Safety Unit Savannah’s, Ga., three-day training program designed to better prepare Coast Guard and private sector personnel for an oil spill event. Oil containment boom will also be deployed by resources from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Brunswick Pilots Association to practice shoreline protection strategies.

The training includes both classroom discussion and hands-on training and will incorporate assistance from other Coast Guard units including Sector Charleston, S.C., District Seven in Miami, and the National Strike Force’s Gulf Strike Team in Mobile, Ala.

VOSS is designed to be transported to a large oil spill site and convert any suitable vessel available into a single ship, oil recovery platform. The Coast Guard has 19 of these systems pre-positioned nationwide for pollution response. The VOSS equipment used during this exercise is pre-positioned in Charleston. Visit the VOSS page for more information on the Coast Guard’s VOSS program.

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