A detailed technical description of the High Seas Oil Containment System (HSOCS), presently being procured by the U.S. Coast Guard for operational use, is presented. Fifteen of the systems are scheduled for completion of delivery by March 1974. Each of the major subsystems of the HSOCS is described in detail. The HSOCS will be part of the equipment inventory of the Coast Guard Strike Teams of the National Strike Force for use in response to major oil spills on the high seas.

*The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private ones of the writer and are not to be construed as official or reflecting the views of the Commandant or the Coast Guard at large.

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