Saturday, July 03, 2010
Foreign-Flagged Vessel Working in the Gulf
Also, I think it's safe to say that this ship is not one that falls under Jones Act cabotage law and/or it has been provided a special waiver because of its almost one of a kind status. But months before the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank, the Obama Administration attempted to strengthen the Jones Act by canceling waivers or exemptions and placing this and other specialty oil exploration vessels directly under the thumb of the Jones Act (reported by Maritime Reporter a few months ago). Industry professionals pointed out, however, that the U.S. oil industry had almost no access to U.S.-built vessels of this kind and therefore preventing Foreign-built specialty ships from working U.S. waters would open the door to a potential oil exploration and supply crisis. The Administration promptly back-peddled. They were still reviewing the issue when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank.