Signal International Settles Labor Suit After Filing for Bankrupcty

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS, July 14 (Reuters) - Signal International will pay $20 million to settle lawsuits alleging fraud and labor trafficking by the Alabama oil rig repair company, which brought hundreds of Indian men to work on the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, attorneys for the plaintiffs said on Tuesday. The settlement, which included an apology by the company … [Read more...]

Signet and Crowley Tugs Get Big Foot Underway from Corpus Christi [IMAGES]

In a joint effort last night by Crowley and Signet Maritime, 8 tugs hooked up to Chevron's Big Foot semi-submersible production platform in Corpus Christi to safely maneuver the rig outbound through the channel on its way to the Walker Ridge Area of the Gulf of Mexico. This included six tractor tugs owned by Signet and two of Crowley's Ocean-class tugs.  Chevron spokesperson … [Read more...]

This Dredge Can Fill 7,000 Dump Trucks With Mud Every Day

Built in 1981 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Dredge Wheeler is the Corps' largest "trailing suction" hopper dredge.  This dredge is primarily operated in the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River by a staff of 38 and is capable of removing 100,000 cubic yards of material, or about 7,000 dump truck loads, from a project site each day. Operating like a giant … [Read more...]

Signal International Battered by SPLC, 5 More Lawsuits Filed Over H2B Visa Issues

Five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of using the H2B visa process to hire 500 Indian workers and forcing them to work under "barbaric conditions," according to a statement by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Clearly the SPLC has never been to a shipyard … [Read more...]