Drill Deeper

Drill Deeper

News and Updates on Oil & Gas Legal Issues

Category Archives: Maritime

Subscribe to Maritime RSS Feed

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

Full Fifth Circuit Clarifies What Constitutes a Maritime Contract

Posted in Maritime, Oil and Gas Operations
This month, the Fifth Circuit en banc unanimously set aside prior precedent and adopted a “simpler, more straightforward test” for determining whether a contract relating to oil or gas activities on navigable waters constitutes a maritime activity.  In re Larry Doiron, Inc., No. 16-30217, 2018 WL 316862 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018) (en banc).  This… Continue Reading