National Maritime Center Updates on Government Shutdown

The U.S. National Maritime Center today issued its fourth update on actions it is taking to mitigate the impact the partial government shutdown and lapse in appropriations has on U.S. mariner credentialing.   The shutdown, now in its 34th day, has meant that all Regional Exam Centers (RECs) are closed, customer service is suspended, examinations and REC appointments are … [Read more...]

Senate Democrats Question Offshore Drilling Leasing Work Amid Shutdown

Jan 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration's move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government shutdown. In a letter sent on Tuesday to David Bernhardt, the Department of Interior's acting secretary, and Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy … [Read more...]

Despite Challenges, USCGC Polar Star Arrives in Antarctica

The 150 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star have arrived in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. The icebreaker's arrival comes after the crew experienced multiple mechanical issues, including ship-wide power outages, and against the backdrop of the partial … [Read more...]

U.S. Judge Blocks Atlantic Seismic Oil Permitting During Shutdown

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A federal court judge on Friday ruled that the federal government cannot process seismic testing permits for offshore oil drilling during the ongoing government shutdown, dealing a blow Trump administration's energy agenda. Judge Richard Gergel of the U.S. District Court in South Carolina issued the decision in response to … [Read more...]

U.S. Homeland Security Chief Seeks Pay for Coast Guard as Service Members Miss First Paycheck

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Tuesday she was working with the White House and Congress to pass legislation to fund the Coast Guard so that its workers could get paid even amid the partial government shutdown. "Like the other branches of the U.S. military, active duty @USCG should be paid for their service and … [Read more...]