Allision With Wellhead Causes Geyser in Gulf of Mexico [PHOTO]

U.S. Coast Guard Photo

NEW ORLEANS — The United States Coast Guard on Wednesday said it was responding to a report to an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following an allision between a vessel and an inactive wellhead. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8 p.m., Tuesday about nine miles … [Read more...]

Are Faulty Bolts Threatening Global Offshore Drilling?

GE Hydril LMRP connector

(Bloomberg) -- Deep-water oil exploration has been disrupted from the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil by the discovery of faulty bolts used in safety equipment less than three years after the worst-ever U.S. maritime crude spill. Energy explorers such as Chevron Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Transocean Ltd. said they have been directed by U.S. regulators to suspend work aboard … [Read more...]

Body of Missing Worker Found Near Damaged Black Elk Platform

Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire on board West Delta 32 approximately 20 miles offshore Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo: USCG

A body found in the Gulf of Mexico has been identified as that of a Filipino oil worker who went missing after an explosion on an offshore platform Nov. 16. The discovery raised the death toll from the blast to three. The offshore accident was the deadliest since the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. … [Read more...]

Marin Teknikk to Design New Subsea Vessel for Otto Candies


Louisiana-based Otto Candies said this week that it will be working with Norway's Marin Teknikk on a new subsea support and construction vessel (SSCV) to be built in the USA. Marin Teknikk AS won the contract from Otto Candies to design & engineer the SSCV, which is to be built at the Otto Candies' private shipyard, Candies Shipbuilders, located in Houma, Louisiana. The … [Read more...]

U.S. Issues Subpoena Over Louisiana Platform Fire

Commercial vessels extinguish a platform fire on board West Delta 32 approximately 20 miles offshore Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 16, 2012. Photo: USCG

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued a subpoena to the owner of the oil and gas platform that exploded last week, the government agency said Monday. The explosion Friday of Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC's platform left one worker dead, four critically injured and one missing. The Board, an independent federal agency that investigates industrial accidents, issued … [Read more...]

Offshore Production Platform Explodes in US Gulf of Mexico [UPDATE]

FIrst photo

HOUSTON--An oil and gas platform exploded and caught fire off the coast of Louisiana on Friday, injuring 11, leaving two missing and resulting in a two-by-a-quarter mile oil sheen around the site, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard spokesman Jonathan Lally said it is possible the two missing people went overboard, and several commercial vessels are participating in the … [Read more...]

Top Hurricane Tracking Sites [Ranked]

Hurricane Sandy. Image: NASA

Editor's NOTE: With Hurricane Sandy currently over Cuba and threatening Florida and the U.S. East Coast, here is a look at some of the top websites for tracking hurricanes as picked by Fred Pickahardt, a professional ship weather router from Tampa Florida.  By Fred Pickhardt, Ocean Weather Services Now that the Atlantic hurricane season is underway here are my thoughts on … [Read more...]