The Importance Of Marine Safety Data

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- By Rear Admiral James Watson, USCG Marine safety and environmental stewardship are closely associated when you look closely at the Coast Guard's marine investigation data for a period of time, say 10 years. In fact, between 2001 and 2010 the Coast Guard's data from almost 21,000 vessel oil spills shows that 97.3% of the spill volume is attributed to just 5.2% of the … [Read more...]

Emergencies at Sea – Practicing What Can’t be Practiced

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Standing on the bridge wing of a container ship years ago, a captain was telling me all about the Williamson Turn and how effective it was at putting his massive ship on a line straight back from whence it came. He practices them at every man overboard (MOB) drill on his vessel (and logs the training, thank you) and seemed very pleased with himself and his crew's ability to … [Read more...]

US government proposes new workplace safety rules for offshore oil and gas industry

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WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. Interior Department Tuesday proposed additional workplace safety requirements for offshore oil and gas drillers. The proposals would make further revisions to a workplace safety rule that is set to go into effect in November and come in addition to other rule changes the department has implemented since last year's massive oil spill in the … [Read more...]

BP Pledges Better Gulf Safety

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LONDON—BP PLC vowed to hold itself to a higher set of deepwater-drilling standards than those already prescribed by U.S. authorities, as the U.K. energy giant aims to assure regulators it is ready to return to operations in the Gulf of Mexico following last year's Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent oil spill. BP said it announced the new voluntary standards in a … [Read more...]

gCaptain Interview with BILLY PUGH CEO Paul Liberato

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In the world of gCaptain coverage we tend to favor cutting edge technology over quality products that mariners have relied on for decades. But why? The truth is, we rely on old, tested technology aboard our own ships but write more frequently on new products just because they tend to be more interesting.... especially when they fail. A case in point: … [Read more...]

Foss vessels, others, recongnized for outstanding safety record

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U.S. maritime industry publicly recognized the women and men responsible for safe ship operations at the Annual Safety Awards Luncheon held at the Loews New Orleans Hotel on June 2, 2011. Over 180 people, representing over 70 companies, attended the annual industry-sponsored event. The Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) announces the results of the 2010 Jones F. Devlin … [Read more...]

GL Ships Top USCG Port Safety List

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Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has once again topped the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Annual Port State Control (PSC) Report and Annual Class Performance List for 2010.  GL is again in the top performing group with a detention ratio of 0%. In over 1,000 distinct vessel arrivals there was no determination of class responsibility in any USCG detention of GL classed … [Read more...]