Archive for January, 2012
ROME, Italy – The Italian Association of Tour Operators told the media that a decision between Costa Cruises and consumer groups was reached offering the surviving passengers of the Costa Concordia cruise ship a compensation lump sum of $14,460 plus travel and medical costs. The offer does not apply to hundreds of crew members who were on the ship and lost their jobs due to the disaster.
Check out these videos shot by a crew member of the M/V Tara Crosby on location in the Gulf of Mexico as three tugboats tow a jackup rig to an oil well. The videos offer a rare glimpse into the lives of mariners working to support offshore oil and gas operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Parts of the Monongahela and Ohio rivers were closed late last week after a towing vessel allided with a bridge while pushing 12 loaded coal barges, resulting in two of the barges breaking away.
The Coast Guard reported that at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that the towing vessel Marge Mcfarlin, which is owned and operated by Ingram Barge Company, allided with the Liberty Highway Bridge at mile marker 1.1 on the Monongahela River causing two coal barges to break away and snagging a third as they drifted down river.
GIGLIO, ITALY – Sandor Feher, a Hungarian violinist, has been identified as the first body recovered from the Costa Cruiseliner disaster on Wednesday, January 18th. Feher was a 38-year-old violinist from Hungary who was working as a musician on the ship at the time of the accident.
ROME, ITALY – A sixth body has been discovered in the wreck of the Costa cruise liner which capsized off the coast of Italy on Friday night on Jan.13th. Confusion still remains over the number of victims thought to be missing, but so far 15 are unaccounted for.
MOBILE, AL – Alabama coastal residents are expected to receive more than $1.5 million from grants that were awarded to 13 area agencies and groups by The Community Foundation of South Alabama to help the residents recover from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the first criminal charges are being prepared by U.S. prosecutors against BP employees stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster that occurred on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 oil rig workers who were aboard the Deepwater Horizon at the time of the explosion.
RESERVE, La. – Two men were killed on Friday, Dec 30, when their 20 to 25 foot work boat, which was conducting river operations on the Mississippi River, capsized in what’s being called a “fleeting area” for barges.