[Sca-cooks] Looking for help in Fla
t.d.decker at att.net
Tue Jun 29 19:32:16 PDT 2010
BP turned down the offer of the Nanuq because of the sailing time from
Seward to the Gulf (I think the vessel may be too large to pass through the
Panama Canal and would need to sail around the Horn). They have purchased
an Ocean Buster skimmer that is part of the Nanuq's gear and is freighting
it to the Gulf for installation on another vessel there.
Currently, Norwegian skimmers are working in the Gulf. Dutch engineers are
consulting on the clean up, but Dutch skimmers are experienced only on
smaller spills and have not been deployed yet. They are among 15 countries
who have offered assistance (most on "an at cost" basis). The help has not
been refused, but is being co-ordinated and deployed by the U.S. govenment
on a government to government agreement. Mexico is actively involved in the
skimming and has provided its assistance gratis, but then, it has
considerable interest in solving the problem. I expect in the long run, we
will see more foreign skimmers.
There has been some mention of the Jones Act being in the way. This act
limits the use of foreign crews inside three miles of the U.S. Coast and,
IIRC, requires ships with foreign crews to make a non-US port of call
between dockings in the US. The administration is in the process of getting
a legal waiver of the Act for this emergency, but it really doesn't effect
efforts on the high seas.
>I just heard that BP has turned down Shells offer for the use of their huge
>skimmer stationed in Alaska. They have also turned down the Dutch's offer
>for help too. Why?
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