Maine oil spill cleanup vessel returns from Gulf

Posted Sept. 30, 2010, at 12:24 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 208-foot oil-spill cleanup vessel is back home in Maine after spending nearly five months working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Coast Guard says the Maine Responder arrived in port Thursday morning.

The vessel is owned by the Marine Spill Response Corp. and kept on the Portland waterfront.

It usually responds to oil spills in the Northeast, but was sent to the Gulf in May. The vessel has thousands of feet of booms to contain and absorb spills and equipment to remove it from the water.