Coast Guard to conduct pollution response drill in Galveston Bay

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston will conduct a pollution response drill using the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) in Galveston Bay Thursday morning.

The Coast Guard’s VOSS equipment is strategically pre-positioned at several locations across the country and may be transported to a spill site on a single truck or by Coast Guard C-130 aircraft. The mobile equipment is totally self-contained and capable of being used quickly and effectively aboard any available vessel.

The use of the VOSS equipment is not intended to relieve the responsible company or individual, but is intended to be used until adequate private sector equipment and personnel are deployed. Deployment and use of the VOSS equipment rests solely with the Coast Guard federal on-scene coordinator.

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