Preparedness Branch: Equipment
Each site has four flatbed trailers that carry the VOSS and 5,000 feet of 42" open water containment boom. The VOSS system, designed to be deployed on available vessels of opportunity 60' or longer, consists of two Desmi 250 auger screw skimmers, two outrigger arms and oil collection booms, a weight handling davit and hoist, two diesel hydraulic prime movers, and two centrifugal transfer pumps.
The VOSS equipment is available to Coast Guard On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs), the lead federal official in spill response in the coastal zone, as either a system or as individual components to augment overburdened commercial resources during a large spill in consultation with the First District in Boston. Use of the pre-positioned VOSS is coordinated through First District Response Advisory Team.