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A Complete Guide to Towing Terminology

The United States Coast Guard only recently began regulating the towing industry.   The Coast Guard's rule to establish formal inspections of towing vessels, referred to as Subchapter M, was published in July 2016. Its publication provided the framework for the safe operation and administration of towing vessels. Subchapter M was implemented i...
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4 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Logistics Service Provider (LSP)

How to Choose the Right Logistics Service Provider    There are few things more important than selecting the right logistics service provider (LSP) for your company's specific needs. The ability to connect with the right LSP can dictate your company's ability to control costs, increase efficiency, and retain customer satisfaction. Ultimat...
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3 Things You Should Consider Before Hiring a Support Vessel

How to Choose a Marine Vessel Owner ​ Supply boats, crew boats, and other support vessels are a necessity in the oil field. Whether it's delivering equipment to rigs, ensuring crews arrive safely and on time, or simply providing support vessels for in-field operations, choosing the right vessel and owner is a pivotal part of this process....
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What You Need to Know About Coastwise Points

​Why It's Important The offshore energy industry can get complicated, as companies try to navigate their way through the ever-changing rules and regulations surrounding maritime transportation. A small overlook of the rules can result in millions of dollars of fees, which can often be crippling to small businesses. We want to help simplify some of ...
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IMO 2020 - Burn Baby Burn - USCG to Require Removal of All Non-Compliant Fuel

Change is Coming...  Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI will put into effect their revisions, including a reduction of the global sulfur cap from the current 3.5 % to 0.5 %. The new reduction will be regulated and enforced in United States waters by the United State...
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October 2019 Jones Act Update: CBP Proposed Modifications

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released another round of proposed modifications to their rulings surrounding the Jones Act and its application to Outer-Continental Shelf (OCS) activity and the Offshore Industry as a whole. A complete overview of proposed modifications can be found in Customs Bulletin Vol. 53 which was released on October ...
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US Offshore Wind Not Considered “OCS Activity” for Visa Purposes – What Does This Mean for OCSLA and the Jones Act?

The US State Department has recently updated policy guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), clarifying that offshore wind workers will be issues B visas for transit only and stating that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) does not consider offshore wind to be an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity. What you need to know about B-1 Visas ​...
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