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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.
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.
Harvey Gulf International Marine said it will purchase most of Abdon Callais Offshore's assets and business, including 48 offshore supply vessels.
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.
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.
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.
Open up Atlantic coast to offshore activity, governors say.
A February letter from the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia began a strong push for oil and gas development off their shores. The February letter to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell claimed that energy production from the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf could create more than 120,000 jobs in the next 20 years.
Here’s to bigger backlogs..
Two years ago, the workboat industry was still feeling the effects from the recession and the Macondo disaster.
WorkBoat Stock Index records small gain.
Despite losers topping gainers, 16-11, the WorkBoat Composite Index still eked out a small four-point gain. Operators, however, were able to post a gain of over 2.6 percent.
Venue changes can aid in certain legal actions.
Timing is everything. But when disputes lead to formal legal action, the most important consideration might well be, as they say, “location, location, location.”
Watch out when busting loose
When breaking loose from a barge to transition from towing astern to pushing ahead, that’s when a captain and his vessel are most vulnerable to losing control.
Author: Joel Milton
March 6, 2014