OMSA, Drilling Moratorium Will Cause Hardship

Friday, June 04, 2010

The Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) reacted to the Obama Administration’s moratorium on offshore drilling, saying it is already causing irreparable economic harm for America’s maritime industry.

“We are already dealing with both an ecological and economic disaster. This kind of sudden and ill-conceived government policy can only make it worse,” said OMSA Chairman Otto Candies, III.

On May 27 the Administration ordered a halt to offshore drilling in water depths over 500 feet, canceling 33 drilling projects, an action that will have both immediate and long-term negative economic consequences for the businesses that are associated with drilling.  

OMSA reports that oil companies have already started canceling contracts for vessels that carry supplies to drilling rigs, putting those vessels out of work and forcing vessel companies to plan imminent layoffs.  Early estimates indicate that, in short order, more than 100 vessels may be tied up.  According to OMSA, the economic harm will very quickly spread through the offshore maritime industry, the shipyards that build offshore vessels and the hundreds of service companies that support the industry as drilling comes to a halt.  

“A study of the offshore vessel sector earlier this year showed that our industry supports more than 100,000 families in this country,” said Ken Wells, OMSA President. “The industry has struggled to climb out of a severe economic downturn.  The moratorium threatens any hope of recovery and creates the potential for economic hardship that could last a decade or longer.”

OMSA estimates that for every mariner who works on-board a vessel, there are nine other Americans working in shore-side jobs that support vessel operations.  Beyond the vessel crew, the negative consequences of the moratorium could impact everyone from service technicians supporting everything from diesel engines to the air condition systems to the local grocer who supplies food for the boat’s galley. 

Gulf Coast state and local government revenues will also decrease due to lower income tax and sales tax collections. “The oil companies and drilling rigs will leave for projects in other parts of the world and the local communities will be left to pick up the pieces,” said Wells, pointing out that offshore vessels are a major part of the tax base in some coastal communities. 

Maritime Reporter October 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

MOL Merges Group Companies; Upgrades Bridge Simulator

MOL adds DPS and enhances safe operation by integrating expertise through merger Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced the merger of MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd.

Swire Pacific Acquires 3rd L Class PSV

Shipowner and operator, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd (SPO) celebrated the naming and delivery of its third L Class PSV vessel, Pacific Legend in Kyoto,

Norvestor to Become PG’s Largest Shareholder

Norvestor VI, L.P., a fund advised by Norvestor Equity AS, announced it has signed an agreement to invest in Ing Per Gjerdrum AS including its subsidiaries PG Hydraulics AS and PG Construction AS.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1236 sec (8 req/sec)