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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Hurricane Katrina News

NHC Report on Hurricane Katrina

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) released its 42-page report on Hurricane Katrina , which struck Florida and then the Gulf Coast in August. In summary, it states that Katrina was an extraordinarily powerful and deadly hurricane that carved a wide swath of catastrophic damage and inflicted large loss of life. While the majority of the report focuses on meteorological issues and impacts ashore, the report notes some of the impact on offshore rigs and marine traffic on the Mississippi River. Source: HK Law

Eighth Coast Guard District Returns to NOLA

More than 150 members of the Eighth Coast Guard District staff returned to their headquarters here today after they relocated to St. Louis more than two months ago due to Hurricane Katrina. Located in the Hale Boggs Federal Building on Poydras Street, the Eighth District staff oversees the command and control duties for the Coast Guard's Eighth District, an area that covers all or part of 26 states and is the largest district in the Coast Guard. In accordance with the district's continuity of operations (COOP) plan, about 50 of the members of the Eighth District staff began deploying to St. Louis on Aug. 27, prior to Hurricane Katrina's landfall. The COOP allowed the staff to manage and support Eighth District functions from St.

Hurricane Katrina Incident Management Site

The U.S. Coast Guard established an Internet site – USCGStormWatch – for the purpose of rapidly disseminating information to the marine community regarding Hurricane Katrina. This is a major hurricane, making landfall in Louisiana at this time (Monday morning, August 29), with the potential to cause significant damage. Mariners in or near the projected path of Hurricane Katrina were urged to make preparations early and to exercise extreme caution. Guidance may be found at the USCG Sector New Orleans Maritime Hurricane Contingency Port Plan, among other documents. Pray for the safety of our many friends in the path of this powerful storm. (HK Law)

‘Always Ready’: The Coast Guard’s Response to Hurricane Katrina

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs conducted a hearing on the topic of ‘Always Ready’: The Coast Guard’s Response to Hurricane Katrina . Rear Admiral Robert F. Duncan , USCG, Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, summarized the Coast Guard’s efforts to prepare for and respond to the hurricane. During the response phase, the Coast Guard rescued over 33,000 people. Source: HK Law

Hurricane Katrina – USCG Operations in Sector New Orleans

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin expressing its appreciation for the overwhelming industry support during the ongoing response effort to Hurricane Katrina. Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Morgan City will serve as the primary point of contact for the marine industry with regard to Sector New Orleans issues. Source: HK Law

Hurricane Katrina – Barges Requiring Salvage Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard has established safety zones on navigable waters of Sector New Orleans surrounding barges that have sustained damage requiring salvage operations during Hurricane Katrina. Salvage operations should not commence on such barges until the salvage plans have been approved by the Coast Guard. The safety zones are in effect at least through December 31. 70 Fed. Reg. 55252 Source: HK Law

Weather Disasters Cost US $306 Bln in 2017 -NOAA

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

Weather and climate-related disasters cost the United States a record $306 billion in 2017, the third-warmest year on record, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Monday. The report from the federal agency underscores the economic risks of climate change, even as President Donald Trump's administration casts doubts on the causes of it and has started withdrawing the U.S. from a global pact to combat it. NOAA said western wildfires and hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma contributed to making 2017 the costliest year on record.

Skelton: No Plans to Change Posse Comitatus

In a meeting with Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO), U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld confirmed that the Pentagon has no plans to recommend changes to the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits the participation of active duty military forces in domestic law enforcement activities. On September 21, Skelton sent a letter to the President asking him to clarify remarks he made in a speech that appeared to call for an increased role for the military in domestic emergency response. Skelton questioned whether the President intended to seek a waiver to the Posse Comitatus Act or to request a full rewrite of the Act. Following Hurricane Katrina, the President directed Executive branch agencies to compile lessons learned during the response and recovery effort.

Katrina Claims Against Dredgers Dismissed

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims filed by Hurricane Katrina flood victims against private companies that operated 22 dredging vessels along the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MR-GO) pursuant to contracts with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in the years preceding the hurricane. Petitioners alleged that several levee systems along the outlet failed during the hurricane as a result of negligent maintenance dredging operations by the private companies. The dredging companies had each filed complaints for exoneration from or limitation of liability. Those complaints and the various petitions were consolidated for this action.

Transocean Updates Rig Status

Transocean Inc. reported that damage assessments of the moored semisubmersible rigs Transocean Marianas and Deepwater Nautilus, which sustained damage during the recent hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, are substantially complete and an estimate of repair time has been made for each unit. The company reported on September 27, 2005 that the Transocean Marianas was forced off its drilling location during Hurricane Rita, causing damage to the rig's mooring system. Further investigation also revealed damage to the unit's thrusters mounted beneath its hull and some hull damage, which caused the partial flooding of one column. The Transocean Marianas is scheduled to enter a shipyard in Brownsville…

GlobalSantaFe Rigs Appear OK

GlobalSantaFe Corporation reported that it has accounted for all five of its drilling rigs that were in the direct path of Hurricane Katrina. All personnel on the five rigs were safely evacuated prior to the storm's arrival. GlobalSantaFe rigs in the path of Hurricane Katrina included the GSF Development Driller II and GSF High Island VIII, which showed no signs of damage during a preliminary aerial inspection. The GSF Celtic Sea and GSF Development Driller I were listing slightly, and crews and equipment are arriving on location today to assess the condition of the rigs. The GSF Arctic I drifted off its original location and was grounded in shallow waters near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Marine surveyors will be dispatched to determine the condition of the rig.

Report: Gulf Coast Economic Recovery Remains Mixed

Employment statistics, sales tax collections, large construction projects and other key economic indicators point to an accelerating recovery in many Gulf Coast communities damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Economic growth driven by construction and manufacturing in Pascagoula, Miss., and Lake Charles, La., parallels the aggressive recovery patterns that most regions encounter following a major natural disaster. Yet despite these improvements, the economic impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita continued to negatively affect key cities in the Gulf Coast region through the second quarter of 2006. Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina…

OTC Donates $100,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts in the Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. OTC is operated by 14 professional societies and trade associations representing all aspects of the offshore industry, which sponsor an annual technology conference in Houston. "The Gulf Coast region that has been devastated by the hurricane is the center of US offshore operations, and is the home of many members of the OTC sponsoring societies and industry professionals who attend OTC. We feel it is important to support the relief efforts through this donation," said Arnis Judzis, chairman of the 2006 OTC Board of Directors.

Sperry Marine Support Center Reopens in New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina damage and is now operating at 100 percent capacity. logs and other products. spare parts is held at this center. around the world for shipboard maintenance and repair. from Hurricane Katrina. locations. period to ensure that customers experienced no interruption of service.

GOM Production to Resume Soon

While U.S. officials expect 90 percent of the Gulf oil and gas production facilities damaged by Hurricane Katrina to be back on line in less than a month, gas prices will most likely remain elevated for some time as the supply rebuilds, according to a UPI report. Four producing refineries accounting for approximately 5% of total capacity are expected to remain off line for several months, the Energy Department said. Supplies from the Gulf of Mexico provide 29 percent of U.S. domestic oil production and 21 percent of U.S. domestic gas production.

Cruise Ship Shelter Plan Dropped

According to a published report in the Galveston County Daily News, federal officials have abandoned plans to house more than 4,000 Hurricane Katrina survivors on luxury liners in Galveston, based on the fact that no one displaced by Hurricane Katrina seemed interested to move aboard. The decision ended a chaotic week for city officials, who for four days raced to sort out the logistics of providing transportation, water and school buses to cruise ships that would essentially house small cities on public docks. The federal government’s reportedly paid Carnival Corp. $192 million to provide the temporary housing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency last week also agreed to pay Carnival $44 million for fuel reimbursements related to the shelters for an agreement worth $236 million…

Coast Guard Authorization Act Passes House

By a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2005 (H.R. 889). A variety of amendments were added, including an authorization for an additional $60 million for Hurricane Katrina relief operations; a requirement to notify the Coast Guard if an object that creates an unauthorized obstruction to navigation is released into the water; a phased increase in limits of liability from tank vessels for oil spills; a program to detect, monitor, and evaluate the effects of submerged oil; and establishment of a Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill Advisory Committee. Passage of the legislation was accompanied by numerous speeches by members lauding the work of the Coast Guard in the Hurricane Katrina response effort.

USS Kidd Arrives in San Diego

Kidd (DDG 100) arrived at her homeport here at Naval Station San Diego on July 19. The ship is named in honor of Rear Adm. Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1941. sector in Pascagoula, Miss. return from a damaged hull during the nation's worst natural disaster. afloat. of the affected compartments necessary. following her super trials in the Gulf of Mexico last fall, the U.S. Navy offered great reviews and acknowledged the ship performed well.

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Team Honored by U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. National Security Cutter. just two weeks after Hurricane Katrina. Grumman and Lockheed Martin Corporation. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. community into the decks of this ship is a legacy. Deepwater Awards for Excellence. at the end of his tour. 4,300-ton displacement at full load. Cutter is designed to travel at 28 knots max speed. unmanned aircraft and state-of-the-art command-and-control electronics.

Tidewater Reports No Damage from Rita

Tidewater announced that it has not experienced any injuries to its personnel, or any damage or interruption of service to any of its vessels currently serving the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of Hurricane Rita. The Company's main operational base in Amelia, Louisiana was also unaffected except for limited power and telephone outages. The Company does not expect that there will be any material impact on its ability to respond to customer needs or to its ability to fulfill current contract commitments as a result of either Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. No international operations of the Company were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Hurricane Katrina – Oil Pollution Response

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Press Release updating the response to oil pollution incidents in the Sector New Orleans area of responsibility resulting from Hurricane Katrina. There have been four major spills (over 100,000 gallons); five medium spills (10,000 to 100,000 gallons); and approximately 35 minor spills. The response teams include federal, state, and local government representatives, as well as the private sector. The Coast Guard also released a Photo-Diagram showing the locations of the larger oil spills. Another Press Release summarized pollution response efforts in the Sector Mobile area of responsibility. Source: HK Law

Katrina Shuts Down Weather Broadcasts in GOM

As a result of Hurricane Katrina, all HF radiofacsimile, HF voice and NAVTEX weather broadcasts from United States Coast Guard New Orleans station NMG are inoperable. A USCG C-130 reconnaissance plane has reported the transmitter site as being dry, however, it may be quite some period of time before the commercial long-haul telecommunication lines and power to the site can be restored. The USCG and NOAA are in the process of determining if broadcasts can be performed from another other site in the interim. All products intended for broadcast will continue to be made available via the Internet during this outage. As a result of Hurricane Katrina, all MF broadcast of weather from Sector New Orleans are inoperable, and VHF broadcasts are being performed at a reduced capacity.

FEMA Considers Cruise Ships for Temporary Housing

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working to provide temporary housing for displaced victims of Hurricane Katrina. Among the options being considered is the use of cruise ships – two based in Galveston, one in Mobile, and possibly a fourth somewhere in the region. “FEMA is handling the Herculean task of coordinating the relocation of many thousands of individuals and families whose lives have been torn apart by Hurricane Katrina,” Brown said. He reported today that cruise ships -- with lodging for about 8,000 persons -- are one of several options which will provide temporary housing and comfort for those whose have been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.

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