U.S. AND CANADIAN COAST GUARDS CONDUCT
INTERNATIONAL OIL SPILL TRAINING
September 24, 2007
Ketchikan, Alaska - The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards and other
state and federal agencies completed a three day international
training exercise last Thursday in Ketchikan.
The Coast Guard Cutter
Anthony Petit and several other vessels deploy boom and
the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System during a three
day international oil spill drill in Ketchikan Thursday.
Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3
The exercise was designed to refine and test the joint emergency
response procedures of the United States and Canada during a
major pollution incident on waterways shared by both nations.
The scenario presented to the group simulated the grounding and discharge of
oil into the river from a large merchant vessel.
The crew of the Coast
Guard Cutter Anthony Petit deploys the Vessel of Opportunity
Skimming System during a three day international oil
spill drill in Ketchikan Thursday.
Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Richard Brahm
The Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, home ported in Ketchikan, deployed
its Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System as part of the drill. The
system is designed to be easily deployed from a variety of vessels
during an oil spill. A mechanical arm is extended out from
the vessels side and trails a boom to gather and
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