Coast Guard Cutter Juniper Skims oil in the Gulf of Mexico

By Ensign Andrew Kauffman The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper, homeported in Newport, R.I., began oil-skimming operations off the Florida and Alabama coasts June 11, 2010, in support of the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Coast Guard announces plans to improve Vessel of Opportunity Program in Florida

Washington – Commander Joe Boudrow announced plans today to form a working group to improve the Vessel of Opportunity Program (VoO) in Florida, which employs boat owners and their crews to help in the response across the Gulf. The Commander announced the working group after hearing concerns at a community meeting with commercial fisherman and other community members in Apalachicola, FL.

Admiral Paul Zukunft to Assume Role of Federal On-Scene Coordinator

NEW ORLEANS – National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen today announced that Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft is scheduled to relieve Rear Adm. James Watson as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response on Monday.

Heavy Oil Recovery Device Improves Oil Recovery Efforts in the Gulf

MOBILE, Ala. — Just weeks after the first Heavy Oil Recovery Device (HORD) was successfully tested in the Gulf of Mexico off the shores of Alabama, the innovative devices are greatly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the cleanup operation. The HORD, originally dubbed Tarball Retrieval Device, is being manufactured at the rate of 8-10 units per day in shipyards in Pensacola, Fla.,...

Coast Guard establishes 20-meter safety zone around all Deepwater Horizon protective boom; operations

NEW ORLEANS – The Captains of the Port for Morgan City, La., New Orleans, La., and Mobile, Ala. , under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, has established a 20- meter safety zone surrounding all Deepwater Horizon booming operations and oil response efforts taking place in Southeast Louisiana.

Alaska-based cutter departs California for the Gulf

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Cordova,Alaska, stopped at Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach for fuel and supplies on their way to the Gulf of Mexico, June 29.

NOAA Expands Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA has expanded the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico to include portions of the oil slick moving beyond the area’s current northern boundary, off the Florida panhandle’s federal-state waterline. This boundary was moved eastward to Cape San Blas.

Alaska-based Coast Guard cutter deploys to Gulf of Mexico to assist with oil spill cleanup

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported in Cordova, was deployed to support cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico immediately following their completion of Tailored Ships Training Availability in Everett, Wash., June 18.

NOAA Reopens More Than 8,000 Square Miles of Fishing Area in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON — NOAA has opened more than 8,000 square miles of previously closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico, because the agency has not observed oil in the area. The most significant opening is an area due south of Mississippi which was closed Monday, June 21.