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 Davisville, RI (Quonset Point).

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, two centrifugal transfer pumps, and two inflatable 28,000 gallon recovery barges.

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 propositioned VOSS is coordinated through First District Response Advisory Team.

The First District has coordinated (VOSS) or assisted with (SORS) the following training events for the two on-water skimming systems:

Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) and Spilled Oil Recovery System (SORS) Training Events: 1998 to Present 
2007  
CGC IDA LEWIS 10-13 Apr.
CGC KATHERINE WALKER 27-28 Jun.
CGC JUNIPER 20-22 Aug.
2006  
CGC ABBIE BURGESS (VOSS) 6-8 Sept.
CGC MARCUS HANNA  (VOSS) 3-5 Oct.
USNS KEOKUK (YTB 771)  (VOSS) 3-5 Oct.
2005  
CGC MORRO BAY 16-18 Aug.
CGC WILLOW  (SORS) 16-18 Aug.
CGC JUNIPER  (SORS) 16-18 Aug.
CGC ABBIE BURGESS  (VOSS) 14-16 June
2002 
CGC IDA LEWIS (VOSS) May
USNS KEOKUK (YTB 771) (VOSS) May
CGC ABBIE BURGESS, CGC THUNDER BAY, CGC KATHERINE WALKER, CGC PENOBSCOT BAY, CGC STURGEON BAY (VOSS), CGC WILLOW (SORS), and CGC JUNIPER (SORS) Scheduled but postponed due to operational committments
2001 
CGC WILLOW (SORS) 07-10 Aug.
CGC JUNIPER (SORS) 05-07 Sept.
2000 
CGC ABBIE BURGESS (VOSS) 30 May-02 June
CGC IDA LEWIS (VOSS) 19-22 June
CGC KATHERINE WALKER (VOSS) 25-28 July
CGC MARUS HANNA (VOSS) 29-31 Aug.
CGC JUNIPER (SORS) 11-13 Sept.
1999 
CGC PENOBSCOT/STURGEON BAY (VOSS) 27-30 April
CGC STURGEON BAY (VOSS) 03-06 May
CGC THUNDER BAY (VOSS) 10-13 Aug.
CGC WILLOW (SORS) 22-24 April
CGC JUNIPER (SORS) 18-20 Aug.
1998 
CGC MARCUS HANNA (VOSS) 31 March to 02 April
CGC KATHERINE WALKER (VOSS) 04-06 May,
CGC KATHERINE WALKER (VOSS) 22-23 Sept. (PREP)
CGC KATHERINE WALKER (VOSS) 22-23 Oct.
CGC ABIGAIL BURGESS (VOSS) 02-04 June
CGC IDA LEWIS (VOSS) 13-17 July
CGC JUNIPER (SORS) 15-16 Dec

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LINKS:
National Response Center VOSS
 

Updated:  12/17/2007