Category: Jones Act

Owner of Louisana Cenac Towing Company Pleads Guilty to Illegal Contributions

Posted in Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News on June 11, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. — In an article at Workboat Magazine, the president of a Louisiana towing company pleaded guilty on Thursday, June 6, to using his personal and business accounts to fund campaign contribution checks in the names of others in support of two candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2008, the Justice Department announced… read more

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.

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) Annual ‘Barge-In’ Lobbies Congress

Posted in Barge Accidents,Government,Jones Act,Maritime Law,Tug Boat Accidents,Virginia Maritime News on April 18, 2013

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) representing the nation’s tugboat, towboat & barge industry called on Congress, April 17, to urge greater attention to infrastructure needs. More than 100 vessel owners met with congressional members on capitol Hill.

Tugboat Captain Dies After Bayou Perot Explosion

Posted in Barge Accidents,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Tug Boat Accidents on April 12, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA – The captain of the tugboat, Shannon E. Settoon that was involved in the explosion and fire after hitting a gas pipeline in Bayou Perot on March 12, 2013 has died as a result of his injuries.

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.

Puerto Rico Wants to Change The Jones Act

Posted in Jones Act,Maritime Law on April 1, 2013

According to a General Accountability Office (GAO) analysis, Puerto Rico’s congressional representative wants to change the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fuels from the U.S. mainland to the island. He’s also taking aim at agricultural products shipped on bulk cargo vessels.

Coast Guard Says Tugboat That Caused Louisiana Barge Fire Was Out of Navigation Channel

Posted in Barge Accidents,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,US Coast Guard (USCG) on March 20, 2013

LAFITTE, La. – The Coast Guard has determined that the Settoon vessel that struck a Chevron pipeline in Bayou Perot on March 12 appears to be out of the navigation channel and ran over clearly marked white stakes that indicated the pipeline’s presence.

Tugboat Captain Critically Injured in Fire After Striking Gas Pipeline Off Louisiana Coast

Posted in Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Tug Boat Accidents on March 15, 2013

LAFITTE, La. — According to various media reports, a tugboat that was pushing an oil barge hit a gas pipeline in a bayou south of New Orleans Tuesday night, causing a fire that left four people injured, one critically.

BP Tells Investors That Oil Spill Settlement May Cost Billions More than Expected

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,World Maritime News on March 12, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, La. – According to an article from Courthouse News, BP told their shareholders that a new court order could force them to make “substantially higher” payments than the initially projected $7.8 billions.

Two Missing Oil Rig Workers Feared Dead as Coast Guard Continues Search in Gulf of Mexico

Posted in Gulf Coast,Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents on November 17, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard continued their search Saturday, Nov. 17, for two oil rig workers who still remain missing the day after a fire broke out on an oil platform approximately 25 miles south of Grand Isle, La., in the Gulf of Mexico. The two men are feared dead.