NRC, Coastal And Phibro To Support Second National Response Network

The Coastal Corporation, the National Response Corporation (NRC) and Phibro Energy, Inc. recently announced that they intend to support the creation of a second regional response network to serve vessel and facility owners seeking compliance with OPA-90.

Officials of Phibro Energy and Coastal expressed confidence that the NRC network would offer indepen- dent refiners, terminals and vessel owners an opportunity to comply with OPA-90.

The NRC network will serve the U.S. East and Gulf coasts and inland waterway system initially.

It has been reported that plans are underway to modify 12, 180-foot offshore work vessels to serve as skimming and primary recovery boats.

Eight of these vessels will operate in the Gulf of Mexico and the other four will be located on the East Coasts from Miami to Boston.

NRC plans to order 220,000 feet of protective boom and 103 high-capacity skimming units. Support equipment will include landing craft and technical command and communications centers for controlling operations.

NRC is planning to create programs to meet the customers needs and whenever possible integrate with customers, cooperatives and contrac- Circle 226 on Reader Service Card tors, drawing on available equipment, personnel and warehouse space.

In addition to the eight vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, NRC will also have access to the Seacor Marine Fleet, which includes high-horsepower vessels and additional supply vessels.

NRC is a joint venture owned by Seacor Holdings Inc., the Miller Environmental Group and Olympic Marine

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 67,  May 1992

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