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U.S. Fifth Circuit Holds Tug to be “Operator” of Dumb Barges under OPA 90

Posted in Louisiana Waterways, Maritime, Oil and Gas Operations
In United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, L.L.C., 904 F.3d 416 (5th Cir. 2018), the Fifth Circuit held that a tug owner fit the definition of “operator” of an oil-spilling barge and consequently was ineligible under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) for reimbursement of cleanup costs in excess of the share allocated… Continue Reading

United States Coast Guard Issues Marine Safety Alert and Strongly Recommends Inspection of Personal Flotation Devices

Posted in Louisiana Waterways, Maritime, Offshore, Oil and Gas Operations, Outer Continental Shelf, Uncategorized
On June 18, 2018, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) issued a Marine Safety Alert regarding their discovery of over 100 unwearable Type 1 Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) during multiple inspections of different vessels. As pictured below, the PFD straps were fused to the side of the PFD.  Due to the fused strap, a user… Continue Reading