The other day I caught Marine Spill Response Corp.’s  New Jersey Responder in the KVK out for training run. Click here for a list of MSRC’s assets around North America.  Of those assets, the sixteen 208′ x 43′ boats like the one below are the largest and most costly.  Previously I’ve posted photos of Delaware Responder and Deep Blue Responder.

Click here for an example of the 47′ class.

As I said, this Responder is one of sixteen that were built, all not quite 30 years ago.  New Jersey Responder was hull #K008;  hull #K009 was launched the same month, April 1993, as Caribbean Responder, which along with Maine Responder, makes up two of sixteen sold out of the fleet. 

From my understanding, this article is generally accurate concerning the operations and funding of MSRC. 

To get back to Caribbean Responder . . . she’s been sold twice, changed name twice, and is currently on the other side of the world.   Where and by what name?

She’s in the Arabian Sea off Oman somewhere, or last was when recorded by AIS two months ago, which means she could be anywhere on the watery planet.

She was renamed Mamola Responder and then Sophia.

All photos, WVD.