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"Vessel of Opportunity" training to be held in Hancock County Thursday

BAY St. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - BP is holding another training session for Mississippi fishermen and boaters who want to participate in the "Vessel of Opportunity" program, this time in Bay St. Louis.

Thursday's four-hour training session starts at 1pm and will be held in a conference room at the Hollywood Casino, 711 Hollywood Blvd.

Participants in the "Vessel of Opportunity" program assist the response by manning boats in a variety of activities, including transporting supplies, assisting with wildlife rescue, as well as towing and deploying absorbent booms.

The training covers such areas as oil spill response safety, boom towing and handling, and vessel coordination. In addition to the training, operators need to meet some key requirements including passing a dockside examination by the U.S. Coast Guard and meeting crewing requirements based on the size of the vessel provided to qualify for the program.

Eligible vessels will be compensated for their assistance.

Training sessions are being held in Mississippi's three coastal counties - Hancock, Harrison and Jackson.

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