Category: Alabama Maritime News

Coast Guard Releases Preliminary Findings of Mobile Alabama Barge Explosion

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Barge Accidents,Jones Act,US Coast Guard (USCG) on June 18, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Coast Guard released preliminary findings after launching an investigation into the cause of the April 24, 2013 explosions and fire on board two Kirby tank barges that were moored at the Oil Recovery Company Marine Terminal in Mobile.

Three Injured with Critical Burns After Two Fuel Barges Explode & Catch Fire On Mobile River

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Barge Accidents,Jones Act,Maritime Accidents on April 25, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. — Three people were burned and critically injured after two fuel barges carrying natural gas exploded and caught fire on the east side of the Mobile River. Several media outlets reported that the blast rattled windows in houses in downtown Mobile and blew doors open in homes in Spanish Fort.

Shipyard Worker Still Missing After Being Blown into Mobile River in Carnival Triumph Incident

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Jones Act on April 4, 2013

MOBILE, Ala. — A Shipyard worker is still missing after being blown into the water at an Alabama BAE shipyard on Wednesday, April 3, where high winds also tore the Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph from its moorings.

Four Tugboats Pull Stranded Carnival Cruise Ship Triumph Toward Port of Mobile (VIDEO)

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Texas Maritime News on February 14, 2013

MOBILE. Ala. — The stranded Carnival cruise ship Triumph is now being pulled by four tugboats and is expected to arrive at Post of Mobile late Thursday night. The cruise ship became stranded on Sunday, Feb. 17, when an engine room fire broke out leaving  4,200-passengers aboard the Triumph without any propulsion. The fire was… read more

Gulf Coast States May Lose Control Over BP Settlement On Oil Spill Environmental Fines

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News on October 19, 2012

Rumors are circulating that the federal government may steer money from a BP settlement on oil spill environmental fines away from the Restore Act, a long-fought-for bill which divides the BP Clean Water Act fines among Gulf Coast states to be used for environmental and economic recovery.

Rig Evacuations Begin as Isaac Heads for Gulf

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Louisiana Maritime News on August 24, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength Friday while south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the National Weather Center has reported.  Some additional intensification is possible before Isaac reaches Hispaniola and eastern Cuba Friday night and into Saturday.  Florida and the central/eastern Gulf Coast should continue to monitor the progress of Isaac closely as the latest… read more

Florida Lawmakers Request Probe into Misuse of BP Oil Spill Funds After Official Commits Suicide

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Florida Maritime News,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law on May 7, 2012

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — The former executive of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council accused of misusing BP oil spill and county funds died at an Alabama hospital on Friday, May 4, from a suspected drug overdose.

BP Seeks to Have Testimony Sealed and Evidence Removed in Upcoming Gulf Oil Spill Trial

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Florida Maritime News,Gulf Coast,Halliburton,Louisiana Maritime News on February 1, 2012

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has received a stack of motions from BP asking him to seal testimony and strike evidence in the upcoming Gulf Oil Spill trial scheduled for February 27, 2012. It appears that  BP’s motions to seal testimony and strike evidence is a key part of their defense strategy.

Alabama Residents to Receive Over $1.5 M from Grants to Aid in Gulf Oil Spill Recovery

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Deepwater Horizon,Gulf Coast on January 12, 2012

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.

Judge Says BP Must Face Gulf Oil Spill Claims From Alabama and Louisiana Under Maritime Law

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Environment,Gulf Coast,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Law,Transocean,World Maritime News on November 23, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled last week that BP must face claims under general maritime law, not under state law, in suits brought by Louisiana and Alabama due to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill brought on by the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010.