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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oct. 19 - Oct. 25, 2001 - 61 Petroleum council vessel prepared for oil spills By Mike McClure The Delaware Petroleum Coun- cil held its annual meeting and outing aboard the Delriver, a 160- foot response vessel, Oct. 10. The Delriver is owned by the Delaware Bay and River Cooper- ative (DRBC) and is designed to clean up oil spills and lay down booms to protect creeks, marshes and other areas of the Delaware Bay and Delaware River. The Delriver left the College of Marine Studies dock on Pil6ttown Road in Lewes for a two-hour outing that included a trip to the Big Stone Beach Anchorage. Members of the Delaware Bay and River Cooperative were among the passengers on the an- nual tour. The Delriver operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with a four-man crew on duty at all times. The vessel can store up to 3,000 barrels ofoil in its tanks be- tore off-loading. According to Eugene Johnson, president of DRBC, the Delriver has its oil spill response plan on a laptop program. The program contains a map for pos.sible oil spill scenarios up the river and contains information on staging areas and where to put booms for specific areas. The program, which charts the river and bay area, replaces a bulky book which used to contain the same informa- tion. The Delaware River and Bay Cooperative was two coopera- tives that joined together in 1982 and became incorporated in 1992. DRBC is anonprofit organization based in Lewes and has 17 em- ployees. It does not receive feder- al or state money and is funded by the oil industry. Members of the cooperative are designated various classes (A-C) based on the amount of oil han- dled per year. Maritrans, which had representatives present at the Oct. l0 outing, is the only nonoil class A member. The rest of the class A members of the coopera- tive are major oil companies that have refineries up the Delaware River. Maritrans works tot the major oil companies by doing a proce- dure called lightering. Lightering is the process of taking oil off of oil tankers to allow them to get through 35 to 40 feet of water, from 90 feet. Maritrans conducts 300 lighter- ing procedures per year, ornearly one a day. The procedure is per- formed at the Big Stone Beach Anchorage as well as in the Gulf of Mexico and on the West Coast. MICHAEL REAL "The Real name in Real Estate" SPECTACULAR SUNSETS!! rom the wrap-around veranda in this contemporary, 3 bedroom 2 bath, second floor condo. Very private with open space and tree views. Enjoy living at its best in the Plantations Commtmity with meticulously maintained landscaping and grounds, featuring a tastefully decorated club- house with lounge, kitchen, library, Pro Shop, meeting rooms, big screen TV, Pool, tennis Courts and a state-of- the-art Fitness Center. Discover the lifestyle you deserve! 302-227-8525 [] 1-888-500-REAL 317 Rehoboth Ave. www.michaelreal.corn Rehoboth Beach. DE The Delriver, a 160-foot oil spill response vessel, was the site of a recent annual Petroleum Council meeting and outing. Members of the Delaware Bay and River Cooperative and their guests were given a tour of the vessel, which went out into the Delaware Bay to the Big Stone Beach Anchorage. Bova tops for September at OPF/ERA Rehoboth Linda Bova was both the top lister and the top sell- ing agent for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn/ERA's Re- hoboth office for the month of September. O'Conor, Piper & Flynn, independently owned and operated by NRT, is one of the largest residential real estate brokers in the Mid-Atlantic region, with more than 45 offices and 2,100 Sales associates. BOVA BOINES BEACH HOMES, INC. 4343 HIGHWAY ONE, REHOBOTH BEACH, DE 19971 Phone: 302-227-3400, Toll Free: 800-669-6263 Visit us at: www.boinesbeachhomes.com Email: boines@ce.net Mike McClure photo