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Barbour pleased with skimmer boat progress

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The first skimmer boat built by Trinity Yachts in Gulfport should be in the water by this time next week. A few weeks ago when Governor Barbour was told no more skimmers were available he said that was "unacceptable."

That's when the governor called two local shipyards to help out. On Tuesday, Governor Barbour stopped by the Trinity yard on Seaway Road, and the governor came away impressed.

"This is a neat little vessel," Barbour said.

With Trinity president John Dane as their tour guide, the governor and first lady Marsha Barbour spent about 20 minutes checking out what will be the first of five skimmers to be built at Trinity.

One of the reasons the governor wanted to come here was to say thanks.

"I am very grateful to John Dane, the head of Trinity Yacht, for taking on the challenge," Barbour said.

Trinity builds massive yachts, so this is not such a big project for them. The key thing was to get working on these fast, and they have.

"We worked seven days a week. We have been working two shifts to get these out because we know time is of the essence," Dane said.

The price tag for each of these skimmers is about $400,000, all will be paid for by BP.

"They are responsible for everything. I have to say thus far, they have been willing to pay."

All five being built by BP, should be in the water by early August.

And the state has leased eight skimmers from the French which are different from the one Trinity is building, and Dane said that it's a good thing.

"Depending on if it is big globs or light sheen, or a lot of trash in it, one skimmer may be better than another," Dane said.

Governor Barbour said he can't wait to hear about that first skimmer going in the water next week, and he is confident, they will work.

"If it does not keep all of it from getting on beaches, it will mean less of it gets on beaches."

The governor also wanted to thank Overing Yachts in Ocean Springs which is also building several skimmer vessels for the state.

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