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Coast Guard's Oil Spill

Committee Sets Schedule

For New Meetings

A Committee of civilian experts, formed to assist the Coast Guard in developing regulations governing oil spill response plans for tank ves- sels, recently set the dates for future meetings over the next few months.

Mandated by the Oil Pollution

Act of 1990, the committee, known as the Oil Spill Response Plan Nego- tiated Rulemaking Advisory Com- mittee, will work on regulations re- quiring tank vessels to develop plans on how they would respond to oil spills. Other regulations would specify what oil spill response equip- ment must be carried by each ves- sel.

The committee, made up of repre- sentatives from state and federal governments, oil and transportation industries and environmental and citizens groups, held its first session in January and organized into five working groups.

The committee plans to meet for four days every two weeks in Wash- ington, D.C. The working groups will meet separately the first two days and the full committee will meet the last two days.

Trawler Conversion

Completed By MARCO

The 195-Foot trawler Defender, shown here during sea trials on

Puget Sound, recently underwent an intensive 12-week conversion at

Seattle's MARCO Shipyard. For- merly an offshore supply vessel and 195-Foot Trawler Defender

RSW tender, she was brought to full trawler capability for Dutch Harbor

Seafoods. MARCO removed and replaced all existing power plants with two new CAT 3608 main en- gines and three CAT 3406 generator sets. The forward RSW tank was expanded by deleting wing fuel oil tanks and converting two ballast tanks. On the working deck, the yard modified and relocated an ex- isting gantry, at the same time in- stalling a complete hydraulic sys- tem plus trawl winches, net reels and gilson winches. MARCO crafts- men rebuilt the ship's crew accom- modations, modified the officers' quarters, installed electronics and performed a variety of structural repairs.

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