Sea Machines and MARAD to Demonstrate Autonomous Tech in Oil-Spill Response Operations

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics says it has entered into cooperative agreement with the U.S. Maritime Administration to test the use of autonomous technology in marine oil-spill response operations. Under the agreement, Sea Machines will install its SM300 autonomous-command system aboard a Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC)-owned MARCO skimming vessel and execute a … [Read more...]

Shell Reports ‘Light Sheen’ In Gulf Of Mexico, Dispatches ‘Louisiana Responder’

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA, RDSA.LN) is reporting a "light sheen" in the central portion of the Gulf of Mexico but says it has no "current indication" that oil is coming from nearby wells. Shell says it has dispatched an oil-spill response vessel to the location, between the Mars and Ursa production areas, and has requested flights to monitor the … [Read more...]

OSG Tanker Spills Fuel Oil Into Lower Mississippi

The Coast Guard, along with the Louisiana Department of Envrionmental Quality and Plaquemines Parish, said it responded to a fuel oil spill late Monday and into Tuesday on the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 84, approximately 10 miles downriver from New Orleans. The Coast Guard received notification at approximately 10:08 p.m. Monday night that the 803-foot tanker … [Read more...]

MSRC Completes Gulf of Mexico Expansion

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) says it has completed its Gulf of Mexico expansion program, known as Deep Blue, and is now fully prepared to respond to an oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico, if and when necessary. As part of the Deep Blue program, MSRC repositioned one of its 210 ft Oil Spill Response Vessels (OSRVs), now renamed the Deep Blue Responder, … [Read more...]

Hornbeck Offshore and Marine Spill Response Corporation Announce Long-term Contract in Gulf of Mexico

COVINGTON, LA ¬†Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. (NYSE: HOS) and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) announced today that they have entered into a long-term agreement for spill response services in the¬†Gulf of Mexico. Two U.S.-flagged 370 class multi-purpose support vessels (MPSVs) owned by Hornbeck Offshore are being retained by MSRC and equipped with dedicated spill … [Read more...]