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Bill to Repeal Liability Limitation of Offshore Oil

Representative Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bill (H.R. 5355) to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to repeal the limitation of liability of a responsible party for a discharge or substantial threat of a discharge of oil from an offshore oil facility.

Bill to Extend Galveston Channel

Representative Gene Green (D-TX) introduced a bill (H. R. 5329) to modify the project for navigation and environmental restoration, Houston-Galveston Navigation Channels, Texas, authorized by the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, and for other purposes.

Container Ship Aground in Columbia River

The Coast Guard responded to a 648-foot container ship aground in the Columbia River near Kalama, Wash., May 23. Sector Portland, Ore., received a call at 1:30 p.m. stating the Pacific Flores had run aground on its port bow due to a steering casualty.

Ship Operator Fined $725K in Port of Tampa

Aksat Denizcilik Ve Ticaret A.S., a Turkish corporation that operated the commercial ship M/T Kerim, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., to two felony counts for knowingly failing to fully and accurately maintain an oil record book,

No Hair Boom for Oil Spill Response

The Unified Area Command for the Deepwater Horizon/BP Response announced it will not use hair boom in its response efforts. While this suggestion was submitted to BP as an alternative method for containing and recovering the oil spill, it was not deemed feasible after a technical evaluation.

SAIC Tsunami Buoy System for Russian Federation

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced it has been awarded a contract for the production and delivery of an SAIC Tsunami Buoy (STB) system by the Far Eastern Ecological Center,

Marlink Renews Sealink Contract with Hapag-Lloyd

Marlink has renewed its agreement with German cruise operator Hapag-Lloyd Cruises for a further five years. As part of the renewed contract, Marlink will continue to operate its Sealink(TM) VSAT services onboard all four of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' ships,

Jindal Says BP, Coast Guard Response Inadequate

According to a May 23 report from The New York Times, Louisiana state and local officials repeatedly threatening to take matters into our own hands if the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill fell short.

First LM2500-Powered Ship for Indian Navy

GE Marine reports that the Indian Navy commissioned the INS Shivalik stealth frigate on April 29, 2010, at the Indian Navy’s shipyard in Mumbai. This first-in-class frigate, built by Mazagon Dock Ltd.

Maritime Services Plays Role in Robin Hood Film

For the Ridley Scott movie, Robin Hood, which opened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dover beaches were recreated at Freshwater West, in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The last 15 minutes of the film is set on the beach with 130 horses doing a full speed gallop charge into 600 actors.

This Day in Coast Guard History – May 25

1877-Training of first class of Revenue Cutter cadets began on the school-ship Dobbin at Curtis Bay, Maryland, with nine cadets, three officers, one surgeon, six warrant officers and 17 crew members on board. (USCG Historian’s Office)  

This Day in Naval History – May 25

1952 - USS Iowa bombards Chongjin, Korea. 1973 - Launch of Skylab 2 mission, which was first U.S. manned orbiting space station. It had an all Navy crew of CAPT Charles Conrad, Jr., USN. (commanding), CDR Joseph P.