Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Oregon Responder

The ship on the left is a Coast Guard vessel anchored in front of our building. The blue ship on the right is chugging upriver. It's an oil skimmer called the Oregon Responder, also doing business as the Marine Responder. It docks at West Mooring Basin in Astoria and has a crew at the ready to respond (hence the name :) in case of oil spills or threatened oil spills, such as when a ship is sinking or in trouble. I took some pix of it in the dock a few weeks ago, but didn't know what it was. Lee explained its job, and I found it on the Internet tonight. I have no idea where it was going on the river today - maybe just getting some exercise.

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