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Last Sunday, a helicopter owned and operated by Bristow Group Inc. crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The accident occurred around noon as the helicopter was transporting one passenger and the craft’s pilot between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana. The helicopter was a Bell 407 registered with the number N577AL. Currently, the cause of the crash is not known, and the FAA and NTSB are investigating the ...
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Two States Take Steps to Ban Offshore Drilling

Last December, we covered the nine states that joined a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the exploration of gas and oil of the East Coast. Sixteen communities in South Carolina filed the lawsuit over concerns that the tools used to do offshore exploration for oil and gas is destructive to wildlife. The other states joined the lawsuit out of concern for the well-being of their coastal ...
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Earlier this month, 16 communities on the coast of South Carolina filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the Trump administration. The case was filed in response to permits that were issued to allow the exploration for natural gas an oil. On Thursday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that nine states are joining the lawsuit. Why Are the States Against Offshore ...
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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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On October 20, ship engineer Timothy Lerette and a co-worker sailed into the dark waters of the Gulf to find his crewmates. He saw a lifejacket floating a short distance from the Bouchard-owned oil barge they worked on. He knew who it was: Du'jour Vanterpool, 26, one of two crewmembers working on the deck that night. He was dead. "We tried to retrieve him but he slipped out of his life jacket and ...
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Wrongful Death, News
The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are currently investigating the passing of a drillship worker early Saturday morning. The fatality occurred aboard the Transocean owned Petrobras 10,000 drillship while in an area of the Gulf named the Walker Ridge 469. The deceased seaman worked as a floorhand for Spencer Ogden, where he assisted in pipe handling ...
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Maritime Incubator Opens in New York

If a newborn is having difficulty acclimating when he or she is born, they are placed in an incubator. An incubator is a place where ideal conditions promote the growth of an organism. The temperature, the space, even the sounds of the environment are monitored in an incubator so that a newborn has the best chance at developing normally. A technological incubator is the same, except the target of ...
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Around 2 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out on the Shell Enchilada Platform, which was located 100 miles south of the Vermillion Bay. The fire was first reported to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders at 1:20 a.m. It has been reported that two workers were injured in the blaze and more than three dozen workers were evacuated off the rig. More than 45 people were aboard at the time of the ...
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News, Seaman Injury, Wrongful Death
This weekend, our firm reported on a vessel collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a merchant vessel flying under the Philippine flag. The collision occurred around 1:30 am local time, so many of the sailors aboard the Fitzgerald were asleep at the time. Damage from the collision occurred in two berthing spaces, a machinery room, and a radio room. Tragically, 7 sailors were ...
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Later this month, thousands of oil platforms on the United States coast will be subject to new regulations for reporting maintenance failure. Currently, oil rigs are not required to report equipment failure unless it meets certain conditions or affects environmental safety. In other words, rigs don’t have to report failing equipment until something terrible happens. Thankfully, that will soon ...
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The dangers of offshore drilling only exponentially increase as rigs drill deeper than they ever have before. In the frenetic search for new resources to relieve the scarcity of oil deposits, boundaries are being pushed, tested, and occasionally crossed altogether. As technology strives to keep up with the demand, offshore oil companies invest millions, even billions, into their rigs in order to ...
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News, Boat Accident, El Faro
Though the voice data recorder discovery was a positive step in finding out more truth about the sinking of the El Faro , the actual retrieval will likely take up to several months. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the way the VDR and four-ton mass are oriented will create some complications. Brian Curtis, Director of the NTSB Office of Marine Safety commented, “It’s clear ...
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Boat Accident, News, El Faro
While the wreckage of the El Faro was found several months ago, there have still been many questions swirling around the cargo ship’s sinking that occurred last October . Investigators, family members, officials, and many others are hoping that the recently discovered voice data recorder (VDR) will provide more insight into the El Faro tragedy and even the missing closure that those involved are ...
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In 2012, Transocean was hired by Shell for 4 drillships for 10 years each. One of the drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa, started that contract a few months ago in February. Today, in an email to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Shell confirmed that the Transocean Deepwater Proteus, a newly built ultra-deepwater drillship, had arrived to the Gulf of Mexico. They went on to confirm that ...
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A tugboat capsized early Tuesday morning as it made its way along the San Jacinto River, which was rain-swollen due to the heavy down pour in the area. Of the five crewmembers on board the Ricky J Leboeuf, four were successfully rescued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marine Unit while the tugboat sank into the river. The fifth crewmember remained unaccounted for following the ...
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Early on Saturday at approximately 5:15 a.m., a 90-foot tugboat named the Specialist collided with a construction barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. At the time of the incident, the tug, which had departed from Albany, had been steering a barge carrying a crane to Jersey City. According to a police spokesman, the tug struck a fixed construction barge that had been underneath the ...
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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has reported a fatal accident occurred on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 150 miles south of New Orleans. According to one spokeswoman, the fatality occurred in Green Canyon Block 18, which is an area known for being abundant in oil fields. Currently, BP, Anadarko Petroleum, and Shell all operate in that area. The ...
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Passenger Missing from Royal Caribbean Cruise

Currently, Coast Guard crews are searching for a 46-year-old man who is believed to have fallen 100 feet overboard from the Navigator of the Seas , a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, sailing off the Florida coast. It was reported by the cruise line at 11 p.m. on Friday that a guest on the ship had seen a man falling from a balcony. That, however, all that is known about the circumstances around the ...
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El Faro, News, Arnold & Itkin News
TOTE has reached settlements with four more families connected to the sunken cargo ship, El Faro . Last October, 33 crew members were killed when the vessel sunk after losing propulsion in Hurricane Joaquin. During hearings it was discovered that the ship owners, TOTE, knew about the storm, the ship’s past engine problems, and had alternative routes that the cargo ship could have taken to avoid ...
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News, Oil Companies
As the offshore industry continues to struggle, Ensco has found itself in a difficult spot. In response to continued losses, the company has decided to take action by scrapping 12 drilling rigs, including one drillship. The company opted to scrap the rigs in order to eliminate their overall costs and reduce the global rig supply. These drastic measures have been taken after the 2015 year resulted ...
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El Faro, News
The U.S. Coast Guard has launched public hearings into the El Faro tragedy , which led to the death of all 33 crew members on board last October after the large vessel sank near the Bahamas. The hearings are intended to help the U.S. Coast Guard gather more information as to why the El Faro sank, who was responsible for the final decisions, and if any missteps led to the tragedy. Attorney Jason ...
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News, El Faro
It has been a little over four months since the El Faro went missing on October 1, 2015. Even after extensive search and investigation efforts, not all the pieces of the tragic incident have been put together. What actually caused the vessel to sink? What was going on in those last minutes amidst Hurricane Joaquin’s thrashing winds? Many believe the key to these answers is still missing—and can be ...
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News, Wrongful Death
In 2012, three Filipino construction workers lost their lives in a Black Elk Energy platform explosion. Numerous other workers were injured and the explosion caused a leak of an estimated 480 barrels of oil and water. Now, a federal grand jury is seeking to hold those responsible accountable for their involvement in the fatalities. Just today, the jury indicted two companies on charges of ...
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News, El Faro
The team on the USNS Apache has discovered wreckage of a vessel that is mostly likely the cargo ship that went missing last month during Hurricane Joaquin. The National Transportation Safety Board is still gathering evidence and will soon be using CURV 21, a remotely operated underwater vehicle equipped with video to survey the wreckage and confirm that it is the El Faro. The wreckage was ...
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News, Offshore Accidents
Earlier today a crew member aboard a container ship in east Harris County suffered a serious fall. The worker fell down into what is estimated to be a 60-foot hold. A hold is a space for carrying cargo, which may be covered up with a large hatch when cargo is in transport. Some newer ships have eliminated the hatch to decrease dead-weight, which can make the open hold a potential danger for crew ...
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