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ASRC Energy Services Response Operations, an offshore spill response operator in Alaska, and Seattle-based Foss Maritime Company, one of the nation's largest coastal tug and barge operators, have formed a joint venture to together pursue marine services opportunities throughout Alaska.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today that it will hold Gulf of Mexico Eastern Planning Area oil and gas lease sale 225 in New Orleans on March 19, 2014. It will immediately follow the proposed Central Planning Area (CPA) Sale 231.
The Coast Guard is overseeing the cleanup of 500 gals. of diesel that spilled from a tugboat in the Brownsville Ship Channel near the turning basin.
A paragraph in the Action to Avoid Collision section of the navigation rules states that “Any action taken to avoid collision shall, if the circumstances of the case admit, be positive, made in ample time and with due regard to the observance of good seamanship.” Otherwise, don’t dither.
I have attended the Workboat Show in New Orleans for many years. Normally, it is held in early December. This year it was held in October and maybe that is why this year the show seemed different. The weather was certainly warmer and it just felt strange to be there earlier in the year. Nonetheless, it was still a great show, and it is high on my list of must-attend industry trade shows.
Pundits are now talking about U.S. energy independence. With production of oil and gas moving toward their highest levels ever, this makes some sense.
The WorkBoat Composite followed up September’s 5 percent gain by posting an increase of over 3 percent in October.
A lot has been written about the crumbling transportation infrastructure in the U.S.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about human error. Are we really getting overloaded with information to the point of confusion? Or are we just getting lazy and ignoring what would seem like obvious tools to help us avoid catastrophe?
For the last two decades, we have seen growing restrictions on the type of monetary damages that can be awarded in maritime cases, particularly those involving accidents and illnesses.
Jill Russell, Port Captain, Un-Cruise Adventures
I met Jill Russell 15 years ago at one of my first jobs. I was a naturalist/purser/deckhand aboard an orca whale watching boat and she was the relief captain.
Author: Kim Carver
December 5, 2013
Get ready for the new Vessel General Permit
The 2008 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (2013 VGP) expires on Dec. 19 and the new EPA VGP 2013 goes into effect the same day.
Author: Kevin Gilheany
December 3, 2013