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June 13, 2002

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Clean Sound boots spill response capability
Clean Sound Cooperative, Inc. is today putting into service its latest oil spill response acquisition, the barge IBIS.

Clean Sound Cooperative, Inc. is a not-for-profit company formed in 1971 by the Northwest oil and marine industry for the purpose of responding to actual or threatened oil spills. Clean Sound has 39 vessels including barges, oil skimmers, and work boats stationed throughout Puget Sound.

The latest addition, the 200 ft tank barge IBIS, purchased from Foss Maritime Company, has a storage capacity of almost 850,000 gallons (20,107 barrels).

IBIS has been stationed in Port Angeles while undergoing maintenance and initial outfitting. Later in the month, it will be towed to its homeport of Tacoma. Returning to Port Angeles from temporary duty in Tacoma is the 264 tank barge KITTIWAKE. With a storage capacity of 982,000 gallons (23,400 barrels), the larger barge is more suited to service in open waters.

"Our oil and marine industry members have supported Clean Sound for over 31 years, and continue to increase our capability," stated company president, Richard Wright. "Clean Sound and its members hope that we will never have to use this barge in an actual oil spill, but we're pleased to have it in the event it's needed."

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