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Regulatory Crewing Challenges for Offshore Wind Vessels

use U.S. citizens to crew such vessels.  However, there is an exemption procedure available under OCSLA which allows foreign-flag vessels that are over 50% foreign owned or controlled by foreign citizens to engage in U.S. OCS activities using foreign crew members.  A formal application to the Coast Guard is required to obtain such an exemption.  Upon approval of the exemption, the foreign citizen crew members will be able to obtain a B-1 (OCS) visa from a U.S. embassy in order to allow them off the vessel in the United States, or travel to the United States, to meet a vessel.  Crew

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson

#Oi2020: Subsea History

In 2003, Dr. Larry Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (and his team at the center), worked closely with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to gain access to a platform capable of breaking and transiting through ice, while also supporting the scientific equipment needed to gather data on the extended continental shelf (ECS). The Coast Guard Cutter Healy was tasked with the job, and during Mayer’s first outing with the vessel that year he and his team discovered a 10,000-foot high seamount approximately 400 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, which they named the Healy Seamount.

Crews aboard M/V SHELIA BORDELON offload more than 450,000 gallons of oil from the Coimbra shipwreck 30 miles offshore from Shinnecock, N.Y. U.S. Coast Guard responders discovered a significant amount of oil in cargo and fuel tanks during onsite assessments of the Coimbra in May 2019. (US Coast Guard photo by Michael Himes)

Oil Recovered from WWII Shipwreck

Operations to recover oil from a World War II-era shipwreck are nearing completion after commencing on May 11, 2019 off the coast of Long Island, N.Y., the U.S. Coast Guard said on Thursday.The sunken vessel, Coimbra, was a supply ship owned by Great Britain that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of Long Island during World War II. Initial dive operations in May 2019 confirmed the tanker was leaking small amounts of oil, the Coast Guard discovered.A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation oversaw the response supported by

The Coast Guardsmen at the National Data Buoy Center leverage more than 70 years of combined Aids to Navigation experience to maintain weather buoys on navigable waterways around the country. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

Buoy Data Helps Mariners to Weather Storms

A team of U.S. Coast Guardsmen at the National Data Buoy Center helps to maintain a nation-wide network of data collecting weather buoys.Five Coast Guardsmen deploy with buoy tenders and other Aids to Navigation units to manage the system of weather buoys, according to Team Leader Chad Pool.“We organize, coordinate and manage the deployment, service and recovery of 106 NOAA meteorological weather buoys,” said Pool.The weather buoys measure wind speed, atmospheric pressure and air pressure as well as sea surface temperate and wave height. The information is displayed on the NDBC website at

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AIS Data: History & Future

to occur.It did not take long, though, for governments to get involved.  They started installing shore-based receivers to monitor AIS transmissions from approaching ships, out to a point just beyond the horizon.  Those governments could also monitor ships in harbors and transiting off the coast or on inland waterways.  The United States incorporated this data into its maritime security or maritime domain awareness programs.  Governments also utilize the data to analyze marine casualties and to determine waterway usage.  A large amount of AIS data is collected by governments

Ocean Evolution (Photo: Oceaneering)

Support Vessel Delivered to Oceaneering

Oceaneering International announced Monday that it has taken delivery of a newbuild subsea construction support vessel, Ocean Evolution, built by BAE Systems in the US.The US-flagged, Jones Act-compliant multi-service vessel (MSV) has completed sea trials and received all necessary ABS and U.S. Coast Guard certifications and is currently in Port Fourchon, La., completing final outfitting and preparing for project work scheduled to begin in June.Oceaneering said the vessel is designed to serve deepwater stimulation and intervention needs with its ABS Well Stimulation and Well Intervention (WS/WI)

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Downed Fighter Jet Recovered off Hawaii

vehicle (ROV) was recently used to help locate a downed fighter jet off Hawaii.The privately owned Hawker Hunter aircraft crashed on December 12, 2018 while participating in the Hawaii Air National Guard sponsored training exercise Sentry Aloha. The pilot ejected before the crash and was rescued by the Coast Guard with the assistance of nearby good Samaritans, but the plane was sent crashing into the ocean.The aicraft hit the water about 1 mile south of Honolulu in an area with many small boats. The number of boats in the area meant there were many cellphone videos, making the general location of the

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Rebuilding Confidence in Reactivated DP Assets

Consulting, Chad guides the company’s commercial strategies in the region in providing innovative methods of integrity assurance.Including service as an appointed member of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee, Chad volunteers his time with industry groups acting as an adviser to the US Coast Guard and IMCA in the analysis of MSC Circular 1580 – Guidelines for Vessels and Units with Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems.Chad is active in the MTS DP Committee, serving as the Chair of the DP Equipment Testing Subcommittee which generated the DP Asset Reactivation Guidance. He recently leveraged

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Coast Guard Working to Contain MC20 Leak

The U.S. Coast Guard said it has partially assumed federal control of response operations to contain an oil discharge from the site of the collapsed Mississippi Canyon Block 20 (MC20) offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 11 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Coast Guard will access the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and assume authority for containing and disposing the oil, it said in a press release on Saturday.In November, the Coast Guard contracted a specialized team to conduct a comprehensive site survey, fabricate

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

As commercial shipping and energy activities picks up in the Arctic region, the prospect of accidental oil spills in this pristine environment remain a concern. In response, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking the lead – through the U.S. Coast Guard – to develop a subsea robotic system to map and report on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil

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