National Commission releases Advance Chapter on BP Well Blowout Investigation


*+-“A Failure of Management” “Cumulative Risk Large and Avoidable” January 6, 2011 – (Washington, DC) – The National Oil Spill Commission today is releasing in advance the chapter (attached) from its upcoming full report that contains the key findings from its extensive investigation into the causes of the blowout of BP’s Macondo well. On April […]

Fire On The Horizon – Dedicated To The 11, And Their Loved Ones.


*+-As you might be aware, the frequency of my blog posts have slowed down in the past few months. The reason; I have been busy finishing the writing of my book “Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster“. And to that end I wanted to share a few updates with […]

U.S. sues BP and others over Gulf Oil Spill


*+-Today, the U.S. Deptartment of Justice announced filing of a civil lawsuit against BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf Oil Spill, seeking undisclosed penalties and damages under the Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act.  The Justice Department will also be looking to hold some defendants liable without limitation under the […]

Yahoo – ‘BP Oil Spill’ most queried term in 2010


*+-What does it take to overcome Michael Jackson and Britney Spears from the top spot in Yahoo search queries? By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke, Ap Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO – It took a man-made disaster to topple a celebrity from the top spot on Yahoo Inc.’s annual list of most popular search […]

Workboat lists top 10 stories of 2010 – What would you choose?


*+-Every year, Workboat magazine lists the top ten news stories of the year and this year, there were some obvious, some not so obvious, and some, well, let’s just say that’s not what we would have picked. Ranking in at number one this year was the Deepwater Horizon disaster, with the resulting drilling moratorium at […]

Poll – Lessons Learned From The Deepwater Horizon Incident

*+-[polldaddy poll=”4069122″] In this poll we ask what safety lessons learned have been implemented by your vessel since the Deepwater Horizon incident in the gulf . When answering please don’t include mandatory changes required by regulators (Coast Guard, MMS, etc) but please do include changes required by your company. Also be sure to Click Here […]

5 Lessons Learned From The Deepwater Horizon You Can Use Today To Keep Yourself Safe

Horizon Memorial Well Cap

*+-The Deepwater Horizon tragedy teaches the general public and regulators about the safety culture in the offshore industry and the environmental risk associated with deepwater drilling.  As a seagoing professional, here are five things you can do to keep you safer while working at sea. Proximity And Preparedness The physical and mental state of the […]

Weekly Leader Podcast interviews Captain Alwyn Landry on the Deepwater Horizon Rescue

Deepwater Horizon fire

*+-Recently, gCaptain’s own John Konrad hooked up with his old podcasting partner Peter Mellow of Sea-Fever to bring to us Weekly Leader podcast episode 68.  In this episode, they had the opportunity to interview Lloyd’s Lists Shipmaster of The Year, Captain Alwin Landry, who was the master of Tidewater Marine’s OSV Damon Bankston which was […]

Captain Landry Wins Shipmaster of the Year Award 2010


*+-Here at, we are VERY happy to learn that Captain Alwin Landry has won the Lloyd’s List’s coveted Shipmaster of the Year Award 2010.  As some of you may know, we submitted Captain Landry as our nomination for the award after learning about his heroism and leadership on the night of the Deepwater Horizon […]

The imminent death of the BP oil well?

*+-I’ve seen a few headlines today that seem to portray the Macondo Well as some sort of living creature, like it’s still writhing and twitching as it tries to survive the mountain of cement that has been set up on top of it. Let’s be clear on something, this well was “killed”, ie. put into […]

Justice Department May Sue BP Over Gulf Oil Spill


*+-NEW ORLEANS, La. – The U.S Justice Department filed papers with the U.S. District Court in New Orleans Monday, September 13, indicating that they expect to sue BP for damages as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010. CNN reported that in the filing, federal […]