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BOEM extends planning time for OCS renewable energy projects


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Thursday announced the publication of its final rule to extend time requirements for submitting a Site Assessment Plan (SAP) or a General Activities Plan (GAP) for renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).   Continued »

STCW amendments will likely cost OSV crewmembers more time and money.

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In the interest of safety, about four years ago the U.S. Coast Guard decided it needed to make revisions to the rules governing STCW.   Continued »


Public workshops planned on near-miss reporting system


The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement will host two public workshops to discuss the voluntary confidential near-miss reporting system.   Continued »

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Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sales garner $872 million


Yesterday’s oil and gas lease sales for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico garnered over $872 million in high bids on 329 tracts covering 1,707,358 acres.   Continued »

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Crowley tugs deliver giant offshore platform


Four of Crowley Maritime’s ocean class tugboats recently completed the successful delivery of the offshore oil production and drilling platform, Olympus, to the Gulf of Mexico.   Continued »


Coast Guard proposes SMS for vessels working in the OCS


The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to publicize regulations requiring vessels engaged in outer continental shelf activities to develop, implement and maintain a vessel-specific safety and environmental management system.   Continued »

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Harvey Gulf to purchase ACO's 48 OSVs


Harvey Gulf International Marine said it will purchase most of Abdon Callais Offshore's assets and business, including 48 offshore supply vessels.   Continued »


Interior officials meet with execs on offshore safety


Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson and Acting Assistant Secretary for Lands and Minerals Management Tommy Beaudreau convened a meeting today in Houston, Texas, with senior executives from the offshore oil and gas industry to continue the dialogue on improving safety in offshore operations, particularly in shallow water in the Gulf of Mexico.   Continued »

New research vessel for Florida State University.

Crowley completes ATB newbuild program


  Final 750 class ATB delivered to Crowley.       With back-to-back ceremonial splashes of champagne at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard in May, Crowley Maritime Corp. christened the articulated tug-barge Liberty/750-3 and completed an 11-year $1 billion newbuild program that produced 17 ATBs.      Continued »


Geo Shipyard delivers cat research vessel to Florida


Florida State University takes delivery of new research vessel.  Geo Shipyard Inc., New Iberia, La., recently delivered the 64'6"×21'6"×9'3" aluminum catamaran research vessel Apalachee to the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, St. Teresa, Fla.      Continued »

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