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Blue Shipping Barge
updated: Aug 20, 2014, 12:08 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I'm a newcomer to Santa Barbara. What is that large blue and white commercial vessel anchored about a mile off East Beach? Just curious. I haven't seen it move in the month since we've arrived.

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 COMMENT 546197 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:16 PM

I'll simply answer the question.

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.

2014-08-11 09:53 AM

Edhat search: 64333

google: ocean keeper santa barbara barge


 COMMENT 546198 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:16 PM

this question was just asked last week I reckon. Same question in various forms makes it way on the Edhats every few months.


 COMMENT 546200 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 12:23 PM

No it's not, I saw it yesterday moored well beyond the oil containment barge. Looked like a research vessel.


 COMMENT 546221 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 01:09 PM

The "Ocean Guardian" (an anti-pollution vessel) is currently shown on ship tracking website marinetraffic dot com doing 18 knots off of Santa Barbara. It is mostly gray aluminum with thin blue stripe.


 COMMENT 546255P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 02:35 PM

Clean Seas, not Ocean Keeper.


 COMMENT 546351 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-20 07:21 PM

OCEAN SCOUT & OCEAN GUARDIAN are two of the oil spill response vessels (OSRV) specifically designed for rapid response, open ocean recovery. Ocean Keeper is the barge.

Clean Seas LLC a California Limited Liability Company, for oil spill responses of open oceans and coastline of the South Central Coast of California including Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, and the Channel Islands.

The purpose of Clean Seas is to act as a resource to its member companies by providing an inventory of state-of-the-art oil spill response equipment, trained personnel, and expertise in the planning and execution of response techniques. The Clean Seas response concept is similar to that of a fire department in that trained personnel and equipment are on standby, ready to respond to a spill 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


 COMMENT 546487 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-21 10:46 AM

In marina del rey the same type of boat goes through the marina every month or so and cleans out all the trash floating in the water, it's great to see and very interesting because it gets filled up very quickly, who would have thought so much litter! Glad they are around up here too, stop the floating trash islands and keep our oceans clean!


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