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Upgraded Piranha hits the water

OCEAN SPRINGS — Yesterday, Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran welcomed State Rep. John Mayo, chair of the House Conservation and Water Resources Committee, and a delegation of state representatives to review the state’s fourth, multi-purpose Overing Oil Piranha rapid response vessel that is fighting the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

This Piranha is installed with technology that will detect oil.

Mark DuVall, vice chair of the Conservation and Water Resources Committee, and state representatives Tommy Woods, Donnie Bell, Jimmy Puckett, Jerry Turner reviewed the Oil Piranha with its designer, Jon Overing, president of Ocean Springs-based Overing Yacht Designs.

Ana Maria Rosato represented Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor at the event.

“The Oil Piranha is the most innovative skimmer,” said Moran. “This is truly a multi-purpose vessel.”

The 40-foot Overing Oil Piranha is able to skim up to 6,000 gallons/oil/hour up to 20 miles offshore in open water, and is also capable of carrying up to one ton of booms or other needed equipment on deck, rakes tar balls and sprays microbes and nutrients that naturally eradicate oil in hard to reach marsh areas like recently impacted Horn Island and Belle Fountain Beach.

The Overing Oil Piranha is also the state’s first skimmer with a sensor to help detect methane and benzene in the atmosphere. The sensors will help direct the vessel to existing oil while providing much needed crew prep time for approaching toxins in the environment. The sensors debuted yesterday.

The new Locus Traxx OverSight system will be installed gratis on all 14 Overing Oil Piranhas for Mississippi.

“I’m pleased to have the technology and support of Locus Traxx’s systems onboard,” said Overing. “The media is inconsistent with reports of oil, and the oil is definitely out there. I talk to fishermen and scientists who know the oil is out there, and you can’t just wish this awful problem away. Just because you don’t see oil on the beach doesn’t mean it’s not in our environment. The Oil Piranha can help fight this problem.”

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