Re: Foreign flag charters
Yes it can provided it 1] not carry any cargo out of or in to any US port from another US port or MODU or fixed facility working on the US Outer Continental Shelf (I am assuming the vessel in question is in the GoM), 2] the vessel is not allowed to carry anchors or mooring equipment, set or recover anchors or tow any vessel or MODU on waters within the OCS (it can tow a vessel to or away from the OCS however) and 3] if it is under the effective control of a US based contractor 33USCpart141 mandates that the crew be US citizens (but typically this is ignored by the Coast Guard and allows the foreign mariners on the vessel to remain in it)...will refrain from commenting again on this...sorry!
I know one large foreign AHTS got busted recently for handling anchors for a rig offshore. Have you seen another doing the same thing because if you did, then OMSA would like the hear from you.
Brody: You're certifiable, Quint! You know that?
Quint: Yeah, yeah, yeah...