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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2010
Contact: Christina Stephens, christina.stephens@la.gov

BP looking to contract with vessels for hire to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico

BATON ROUGE - BP officials announced today that they are looking to contract with vessels for hire (shrimp boats, oyster boats, etc.) to deploy for use in the comprehensive response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Vessel of Opportunities Program

BP is looking to contract with vessels for hire (shrimp boats, oyster boats, etc.) to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. The response contractors for this program are already collecting information on vessels. They need the following information about the vessels:

  • Name
  • Owner
  • Dimensions
  • Characteristics (including length, draft, horsepower, etc.)
  • Other pertinent information.

Information should be sent as soon as possible to Managing Contractor Vince Mitchell at vince.mitchell@lamor.com or 425-745-8017, with a copy also sent to BP Coordinator Grant Johnson at grant.johnson@bp.com.

Direction and training will be provided and determined by area response plans based on the highest priority areas on down.

Current staging areas for the program are: Venice, LA; Mobile, AL; Biloxi, MS; Pascagoula, MS; and Pensacola, FL. So far, more than 100,000 feet of boom has been deployed, with another 400,000 available.

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