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Captain Clyde's Safety Pin #4: Wear Gloves!

Today's Safety Sunday tip is: WEAR GLOVES At one time or another, everyone has had a minor injury to a finger, hand, or wrist that caused pain or swelling. Most of the time, our body movements do not cause problems, but it's not surprising that symptoms develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury. According to the CDC, injuries to th...
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Captain Clyde's Safety Pin #3: Think Before Lifting

  Today's Safety Sunday tip is: THINK  before Lifting! Every day, each of us has to pick up an object physically. It could be as small as a delivery package left on your home's porch, or it could be as large as an awkwardly-shaped piece of equipment in a port yard. Regardless, both of these instances could cause an injury if proper liftin...
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Captain Clyde's Safety Pin #2: Gaurd Against Slips, Trips, and Falls

Today's Safety Sunday tip is: Guard against SLIPS, TRIPS, and FALLS Not only do slips, trips, and falls cause nearly 700 fatalities per year, but they also cause many dangerous workplace accidents. Slips are a loss of balance caused by too little friction between your feet and the surface where you walk or work. Loss of traction is the leading caus...
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Captain Clyde’s Safety Pin #1: Stop and Think!

Today's Safety tip is: STOP and THINK  Stop and Think about the job and activities you are about to perform. Did you know that the one task that causes the greatest of lost time incidents is "Line of fire/caught between/struck against"? Line of fire means being in direct striking distance of a foreign object that is released. Each day ask...
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Gulf Marine Contractors Appoints new Chief Commercial Officer

(Houston, Texas) Gulf Marine Contractors (GMC) is excited to announce the appointment of Patrick Kuys as Chief Commercial Officer in charge of Business Development, Strategy, and Commercial and Public Affairs. "We are very excited Patrick has accepted this challenge to help us ramp up and serve the global marine and offshore market," says Clark Buf...
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U.S. Coast Guard Changes Ballast Water Management Reporting

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) announced revisions to the Ballast Water Management Reporting Form, including the removal of the alternative ballast water management clause and the addition of data collection of recent dry dock dates for vessels.   On July 20th, 2020, the USCG obtained approval from the White House's Office of Management ...
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What Does a Vessel Agent Do? A Guide to Understanding this Important Maritime Profession

What is a Vessel Agent? A vessel agent (or ship's agent) is a local expert who acts as a representative of ship owners, managers, or charterers and carries out all the necessary duties and obligations required by the vessel's owner or crew.   What Are a Vessel Agent's Primary Responsibilities? As you can imagine, ship owners, managers, and cha...
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GULF MARINE CONTRACTORS ANNOUNCES NEW OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR U.S. GULF

(Houston, Texas) GMC is proud to welcome Dane Peden as the new Operations Manager for the United States Gulf division.In this position, Mr. Peden will oversee U.S. Gulf marine vessel operations, including port calls and offshore logistics. "Dane is such a valuable addition to our team," says Clark Buffam, Chief Operations Officer of GMC. "His passi...
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OFFSHORE OPERATORS IN MEXICO: GOVERNMENT AGENCIES YOU SHOULD KNOW

Mexico is the Fourth Largest Oil Producer in the Western Hemisphere.   Although production has fallen in recent years, oil revenues still generate over 10% of Mexico's export earnings. With its close proximity to the United States, Mexico tends to be a more cost-effective option for oil companies whose alternative drilling locations could...
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Force Majeure in the time of COVID-19

Chances are, you've heard to the term "force majeure" by now. ​ As the shipping industry braces for the impact of COVID-19, companies are scrambling to understand how their businesses will be affected by the delay in the global supply chain. What is Force Majeure? ​ In short, force majeure allows one party to be relieved of contractual obligations ...
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GMC SOUTH AFRICA PARTNERS WITH LOCAL WARD FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH

(Cape Town, South Africa) GMC's South Africa office has partnered with local authorities to help provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The community outreach includes collecting soup ingredients and donating them to local ward councilors. In South Africa, ward councilors are responsible for the welfare of the people of their townships. Throu...
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Beware: Export Violations Yield High Penalties

It Can Happen to You   The idea that your business' reputation and profitability could be forever tarnished by an export violation may seem like a far-off hypothetical, but in reality, export violations can carry heavy penalties and severe consequences. A company that has been found in violation, along with its leaders, comes under scrutiny as...
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GMC Welcomes Patrick Kuys as Managing Director for South Africa

(Houston, Texas) Gulf Marine Contractors is proud to welcome Patrick Kuys as the new Managing Director for their Sub-Sahara Africa operations. Based out of Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Kuys will lead GMC's growth in Africa. GMC is currently opening new locations in South Africa, Namibia, and Mozambique. In the near future, GMC plans to extend its n...
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3 Steps to Handle a Cargo Damage Claim

Whether it's due to poor packaging, water damage or other outside forces, cargo damage is a reality that most companies will have to deal with along the line. While cargo issues are an inevitable part of the shipping industry, there is a clear way for companies to claim compensation for damaged goods. What is a Cargo Damage Claim?   ​ Also kno...
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Show ‘em your Larboard Side: How your Favorite Nautical Term Went out of Fashion

Show 'em yer Larboard Side!    ​ Perhaps you've heard the term "larboard" shouted at the top of the old seafarer's lungs in your favorite historical drama film. Maybe, like many other tourists from around the world, you know it from the now defunct scene inside Disneyland's "Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. For 51 years an animatronic auct...
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GMC WELCOMES KEVIN SHOCKLEY AS FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

(Houston, Texas) Gulf Marine Contractors (GMC) is proud to announce Kevin Shockley as the company's new Financial Controller. Shockley will manage all of the GMC's transactions, from control accounts to general operational finance . Shockley comes to GMC from Pentagon Freight Services, where he worked as the Regional Financial Controller for the pr...
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Understanding Navigation Permits and Cabotage Law in Mexico

What is Cabotage?  ​ Cabotage refers to the transportation of goods or passengers between two places in the same country by a transport operator from another country. Cabotage law applies to merchant ships in most countries that have a coastline. It's a way for countries to protect their domestic shipping industries from foreign competition, p...
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Sunjay Shankar Named as GMC’s New Director of Business Development

(Houston, TX) Gulf Marine Contractors (GMC), a leading on-demand marine agency and logistics provider to the offshore energy industry, is proud to announce the appointment of Sunjay Shankar as the company's Director of Business Development. With over 15 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, Shankar will continue to drive business forward...
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AN OVERVIEW ON B1 OCS VISAS

B1 OCS Visas and the OCS  ​ The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which spans the area that lies between North America and the deep ocean, is a critical location when it comes to the production of natural resources. With the OCS divided into four regions (Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic, Pacific, and Alaska), there are thousands of maritime workers empl...
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3 Criteria for Choosing a Helicopter Contractor

  How to Choose the Right Helicopter Contractor   In the Gulf of Mexico, helicopter transport plays a pivotal role in delivering both personnel and equipment to an otherwise secluded area of the world. While helicopters have long been a part of deepwater drilling and exploration, their usage continues today as oil rigs move farther o...
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