Oil Tanker Escorts as Short-Term Fix

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

March 16, 2009

According to a March 13 report from South Coast Today, the Mass. state Department of Environmental Protection has stopped awarding contracts for its controversial rescue tug program designed to assist distressed, double-hulled oil tankers transiting Buzzards Bay. DEP Commissioner Laurie Burt announced Thursday at a Statehouse hearing that the agency will back a House bill proposed by SouthCoast legislators. The bill, which amends an oil spill law enacted in August 2008, would require escort tugs to shadow double-hulled tankers throughout their transit rather than wait at the dock to respond to an emergency call from a tanker.

(Source: South Coast Today)

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