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Off The Coast Barge
updated: Aug 11, 2014, 9:30 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Question from a newcomer to Santa Barbara: what exactly is the large blue and white barge/ship just off the coast at East Beach? Does it have anything to do with servicing the oil platforms?

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 COMMENT 543625 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 09:51 AM

It is a spill containment response boat that is staged there in case of an oil spill. If you ever get near it you can see that the front is open, I think it is designed to scoop up oil from the surface.

 

 COMMENT 543626P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 09:53 AM

Edhat search: http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=64333

 

 COMMENT 543643 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 10:32 AM

google: ocean keeper santa barbara barge

 

 COMMENT 543674 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-11 12:43 PM

Dang... good info,..... I've always thought it was a anchovy hatchery.... been here for 7 years

 

 MESAJIM agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 09:47 AM

Hmm, I wonder how often they start it up and run it around a bit?
I've never once seen it move. Seems a bit of regular use might be beneficial for maintenance reasons. Or perhaps they do and I've just never noticed? I'm not omnipotent (yet), so I suppose it's possible.

 

 COMMENT 543867 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 11:02 AM

I seem to recall someone noting that it was gone for a while during that last big oil spill, as it had joined onto the response efforts there.

 

 COMMENT 543897 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-12 12:28 PM

I do not believe it runs on it's own..they tow it like a barge.

 

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