U.S. Coast Guard Releases Video on NOAA Partnership to Advance Spill Response
OCT. 30, 2023 — On October 20, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) released a short video highlighting a recently completed field training aboard the USCG Cutter Blackfin, in collaboration with the Great Lakes National Center of Excellence and OR&R, to advance oil spill response using uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS).
OR&R recently led a week-long training for USCG UAS (or drone) pilots to effectively use UAS to provide eyes on the ground, or on the water in this case, for responders after an oil spill. The training equipped the pilots with the skills to collect information about oiling, including from a working response vessel, to provide data and information in near-real time. This capability enable responders and decision makers to minimize environmental impact in real-time.
OR&R and USCG have a longstanding partnership, aimed at strengthening prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies.