1st Coast Guard District: Protect, Save, Defend, and Enforce

First District
Response Division

Preparedness Branch: Equipment



Vessel Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS)

Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) The VOSS deployed on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katherine Walker during the New England Environmental Expo in May, 1998 Photo: USCG The Coast Guard owns and maintains pre-positioned Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) equipment suites throughout the country at three spill response Strike Teams and at strategic sites within each Coast Guard District. Pre-positioned equipment in the First District is stored in Portsmouth, NH and North Kingstown, RI.

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.

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