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Three rig workers were injured today after a fire broke out on a drilling platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the USCG has confirmed.

The platform, owned by W&T Offshore Inc., is at Ship Shoal Block 223, about 40 miles south of Louisiana. At this time the fire is out and the entire plant is shut in.

Dave Smith, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, says that the BSEE is currently investigating an oil sheen measuring 600 yards by a half- mile. The agency received reports of the fire at about 11:30 a.m. New York time.

“It appears to have been a minor situation that is now under control,” Lisa Elliott, a spokeswoman for the company who works for Houston-based Dennard Rupp Gray & Lascar LLC, said by e-mail. “The fire is out and the injuries were very minor.”

According to the USCG crews from the Cutter Seneca assisted seven people aboard a sinking fishing vessel about 150 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday.

Watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center say they received a distress call from the 79-foot F/V Linda at approximately 2:02 p.m. reporting that their vessel was taking on water with seven people aboard.

A fishing vessel in the area located the distressed fishing vessel and reported that the vessel was stable, utilizing pumps, and all people aboard were outfitted with survival suits and a life raft was prepared. Meanwhile the Cutter Seneca, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod  MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew arrived on scene and assisted the vessel with dewatering, shoring the damaged hull and restarting the engine.   ... Read More

The Coast Guard crews from Sector Columbia River over the weekend were forced to medevac a crew member of a commercial fishing vessel who had suffered a serious head injury while working.

According to the Coast Guard report, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call at approximately 8:35 p.m. on Friday from the 52-foot F/V Melville reporting that a crew member had fallen and sustained a serious head injury approximately 90 miles west of the Columbia River entrance. ... Read More

GRANITE CITY, ILL. — The drought and low water continue to hit inland barge operators hard. As of Thursday, nearly 63 boats and 455 barges were on hold up and down the Mississippi River waiting to pass.

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NEW YORK — The media reports that a NY/NJ Port Authority Harbor Police boat carrying 10 officers sank in the cold waters off of Breezy Point in New York on Sunday, September 9. Operator error is being sited as the cause.

NY / NJ Port Authority Vessel sinks off of Breezy Point. All officers safely left the vessel.

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While the towers burned and collapsed on 9/11, a half million people were evacuated from Lower Manhattan by a civilian flotilla of ferries, tug boats and other vessels—the largest boatlift in history.

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The Coast Guard and FDS Marine International, LLC said Monday that they have located the sunken fishing vessel Lady Cecilia approximately 20 miles off Point Ledbetter near Willapa Bay, Wash.

The Coast Guard contracted the FDS to locate and examine the wreck of the 70-foot F/V Lady Cecilia using a remote operating vehicle, which discovered it in approximately 460-feet of water on Sunday. The remains of the 4 missing crew members had not been located.  ... Read More

SOCOTRA ISLAND, OMAN — A maritime accident occurred on August 20 aboard the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier M/V Belde approximately 110 miles north of Socotra Island, Oman, killing one crew member and injuring another..

Photo shows members of the visit, board, search and seizure team aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) transit call toward the Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier M/V Belde in the Gulf OF Aden (Aug. 20, 2012) in response to a medical-related distress call. Winston S. Churchill is assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 150, conducting counter-terrorism and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Aaron Chase/Released)

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The United States Justice Department on Wednesday reiterated it’s tough stance on the Gulf oil spill by pursuing a gross negligence charge against BP. ... Read More

HOUSTON, TX — A lawsuit has been filed in Texas against BP for tens of millions of dollars by institutional investors who claim the oil company misled them over its safety policies and the magnitude of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred on April 20, 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded killing 11 oil rig workers and created the largest offshore oil spill in the history of the U.S.

Photo shows the Deepwater Horizon on fire on April 20, 2010 where 11 men died.

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