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Geoquip Marine Accused of Jones Act Violations

Nov 17, 2021

An American offshore services trade group is accusing Swiss-headquartered Geoquip Marine of violating the Jones Act, a U.S. law requiring seaborne cargo shipped between two U.S. points to be carried by American-built, -crewed and -owned vessels…

U.S. Republicans in Push to Sanction Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline

Nov 09, 2021

A group of U.S. Senate Republicans said on Monday they had introduced legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on Nord Stream 2, a Russian-backed natural gas pipeline that opponents believe would be harmful to U.S. allies in Europe…

UN Deep-sea Mining Rules Unlikely to be Completed by 2023 Deadline, Latam Countries Say

Oct 28, 2021

Regulations governing deep-sea mining will take longer to finalize due to the global pandemic, a group of Latin American countries said, creating uncertainty for companies looking to mine the sea bed for metals, including cobalt and nickel.The…

Lebanon-Israel Maritime Border Talks Need to Be Quick, U.S. Mediator Says

Oct 22, 2021

The U.S. mediator for indirect talks on border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel said on Thursday that the negotiations he was hoping to revive should be concluded in a short period if they were to succeed.Amos Hochstein, speaking to Al Hadath TV during a visit to Beirut…

Regulator Lays Charges Over 2018 Canada Oil Spill

Oct 19, 2021

The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board said on Tuesday that it has laid three charges following a 2018 oil spill off Canada's Atlantic Coast.The board said it laid the charges against Husky Oil Operations Limited for the spill in the White Rose Field…

5th Circ. Won't Reconsider Ruling on FLSA Exemption for Seamen

Oct 01, 2021

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday said workers who use cranes attached to boats to load equipment onto offshore oil rigs are not 'seamen' exempt from overtime pay under federal wage law, reviving a collective action against liftboat operator All Coast LLC…

Cambodia Seeks Return of Ship Carrying Country's First Oil Output

Aug 26, 2021

The Cambodian government is seeking the return of an oil tanker and its crew who have been detained in Indonesia, alleging that the ship had loaded oil illegally from an offshore oil field, a government official said on Thursday.The Bahamas…

OMSA Reports Alleged Jones Act Violation in the US Gulf of Mexico

Aug 24, 2021

A new report from a U.S. offshore services trade group details alleged Jones Act violations by a foreign-flagged vessel in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), which recently launched its Jones Act Enforcer program to document and report violations of the U…

Seacor Power Capsizing: Public Hearing Scheduled for Aug. 2

Jul 30, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard will next week hold a formal public hearing to consider evidence related to the April 2021 capsizing of the liftboat Seacor Power and the death of 13 of its 19 crewmembers in the Gulf of Mexico.The Seacor Power liftboat capsized…

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline 99% Complete

Jul 29, 2021

The much-politicized Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany is 99% complete, the pipeline operator said on Wednesday, after the pipelay vessel Akademik Cherskiy finished its initially planned workload.The $11 billion Nord Stream 2…

Biden, Merkel Fail to Settle Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Dispute

Jul 16, 2021

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Thursday to settle their dispute over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors…

Ukraine to Remain Transit Country for Russian Gas Despite Nord Stream 2, Merkel Assures

Jul 13, 2021

Ukraine can be confident that Germany and the European Union will guarantee its status as a transit country for Russian gas even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has opened, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.Merkel made the remarks…

Inmarsat Wins Court Case over 5G Use in The Netherlands

Jul 01, 2021

A Dutch court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Inmarsat in a dispute over the use of 5G bandwidth in the Netherlands, ordering the government to suspend a decision to reserve the bandwidth for telecommunications as of Sept. 1, 2022.Inmarsat currently uses the 3…

Lawsuit Challenges ExxonMobil's Exploration and Production Activities in Guyana

Jun 02, 2021

A landmark lawsuit filed against Guyana's government, arguing that oil production fuels climate change, could bolster legal action as court cases involving energy companies and state authorities surge, according to lawyers and environmentalists…

US to Review 16 Offshore Wind Project Plans, Advance New Lease Areas by 2025

May 25, 2021

The Biden administration will seek to approve more than a dozen offshore wind projects in the next four years and open new areas for leasing off the coast of California as it seeks to supercharge development of the nascent U.S. industry, an Interior Department official said on Tuesday…

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