Microbe spraying skimmers now on water

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Horn and Round Island are the latest skimmers to roll out of Overing Yachts Designs in Ocean Springs.  The skimmers are part of the Overing Oil Piranha series.  They're two of 14 skimmers the state hired the company to build.

"These boats are not only skimmers, but can do a multitude of tasks," said Jon Overing, President of Overing Yachts Designs.

One of those tasks includes an attachment that sprays microbes to eat oil. Each vessel can spray 15,000 gallons and stay on the water for about six hours.

"That's what makes this so unique from conventional skimmers," said Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran.

Moran is pushing BP to make sure this oil-fighting feature is used on the water.

"We hope they will be proactive and come forward with a microbe product that they will accept and approve to be applied to the marshes if they become inundated with oil," Moran said.

A device called a debris rake can also be attached to metal arms on the front of the boat to pick up what can't be skimmed off the water.

"That allows for the recovery of tarballs, seaweed or anything contaminated with oil. Whatever gets through the rake is basically oil and then our skimming belts can pick up the oil," Overing said.

In addition to its oil fighting features, the 43 foot vessels can also carry more than one ton of deck load.

After their debut, Horn and Round Island are headed to Pascagoula's Bayou Cassotte where they will be docked.

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