Guarding and Scouting the California Coast


Since its formation in the 1970s, Clean Seas has evolved into a well-equipped and highly innovative organization capable of rapidly and effectively combating oil spill incidents. Clean Seas’ Ocean Guardian and Ocean Scout are two of the oil spill response vessels (OSRV) specifically designed for rapid response, open ocean recovery.

The specially designed oil spill response vessels are the forefront of our off-shore OSR capabilities. Our inventory of OSRV consists additionally of Ocean Defender and Ocean Sentinel. Each is equipped with approximately 1,500 feet of boom, advancing oil recovery systems, storage tanks for recovered oil, Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) and advanced electronic equipment for directing and monitoring oil spill response activities,” says John Bellfield, Clean Seas Offshore Response Supervisor.
With maximum cruising speeds of 26 knots, large fuel capacity, sleeping quarters, and galley accommodations, Clean Seas OSRV’s can reach any spill site quickly and remain on scene for an extended period of time. “For truly rapid response and logistics, the fast response support boats Ajax and Comet add an important dimension. These 32-foot aluminum boats are capable of delivering personnel, boom, sorbents and equipment to a spill site at speeds up to 30 knots, “says Bellfield.
The Clean Sweep, a 32-foot spill response vessel, combines the capabilities of the Ajax and Comet with a built-in Lamor LORI brush skimmer and 28 bbls gallons of oil storage.
“The Ocean Guardian is an aluminum 65 footer powered by twin 1500 HP Cat Acer 32 engines. The vessel was built by Rozema Boat Works in Washington, this OSRV was working an crude oil spill off the pristine coast of Santa Barbara, CA. This OSRV is outfitted with dual three brush Lamor LORI skimming system the vessel has a 65’ swath through the water. She was engaged in free skimming operations and performed outstanding, with no oil remaining. This advancing system collects oil, diverts, and recovers it, all in one system, the best descrip- tion of the skimmers effectiveness is, ‘It’s like mowing the lawn’ you can really see the difference before, and after you have run through it,” highlights Bellfield.
“The bottom line is, this system really does work, it’s simple and effective, I’ve worked in the oil spill clean-up business for 30 years, I remember using this brush system for the first time in 1992, ever sense I’ve been a fan…,” says Bellfield.

Open ocean and coastline

In 1970, companies operating in the Santa Barbara Channel joined together to fund and operate a not-for-profit cooperative called Clean Seas. “Our designated area of response comprises the open oceans and coastline of the South Central Coast of California including Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, and the Channel Islands,” explains Bellfield.
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. “Our 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,” says Bellfield.

Upgrade kits to optimize OSR operations

Constant investment in research, development and product testing makes Lamor Corporation the market leader in oil recovery systems. “Existing products and services are frequently enhanced and updated to meet the needs and to manage the challenges encountered by our many clients in the field,” says Lamor’s Rasmus Guldbrand, VP Americas.
“We are proud to have introduced a number of new developments designed to optimize oil recovery operations on sea and on land and to assist in reclaiming the environment from pollution and degradation. Upgrade kits are always a benefit for customers to invest in for increased OSR activities with older equipment. Specifically for all the older LORI brush modules i.e. bow, side and inbuilt, the improvements that have been made enhance the performance significantly especially on light viscosity range of oils,” says Guldbrand.