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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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4 US Federal Requirements For Foreign Vessels Entering Port

Foreign-Flagged Vessels Entering US Ports Face Many Requirements  Perhaps the most important and anticipated part of a ship's voyage is arriving at port. While it's an exciting time for vessel owners, there are a number of complexities involved in the process. As difficult as it can be for a US-flagged vessel to remain compliant with all ...
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Why FIRMS Codes are Crucial During Your Cargo Importation Process

What are FIRMS Codes? ​   Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) codes are four-digit identifiers consisting of both numbers and alphabetical letters, assigned by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to manage customs bonded facilities. The alpha-numeric code represents the exact location of imported ca...
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New Jones Act Changes Go In Effect Today

The updated interpretation of the Jones Act goes into full effect today, February 17, 2020, as the gulf coast braces for the act's impact on the oil and gas and industry.   On December 11, 2019, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) finalized the changes to the controversial act which requires merchandise shipped between U.S. ports to be tr...
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A Complete Guide to Towing Terminology

The United States Coast Guard only recently began regulating the towing industry.   The Coast Guard's rule to establish formal inspections of towing vessels, referred to as Subchapter M, was published in July 2016. Its publication provided the framework for the safe operation and administration of towing vessels. Subchapter M was implemented i...
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4 Key Questions to Ask When Choosing a Logistics Service Provider (LSP)

How to Choose the Right Logistics Service Provider    There are few things more important than selecting the right logistics service provider (LSP) for your company's specific needs. The ability to connect with the right LSP can dictate your company's ability to control costs, increase efficiency, and retain customer satisfaction. Ultimat...
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3 Things You Should Consider Before Hiring a Support Vessel

How to Choose a Support Vessel ​ Supply boats, crew boats, and other support vessels are a necessity in the oil field. Whether it's delivering equipment to rigs, ensuring crews arrive safely and on time, or simply providing support vessels for in-field operations, choosing the right vessel and owner is a pivotal part of this process. Howe...
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What You Need to Know About Coastwise Points

​Why It's Important The offshore energy industry can get complicated, as companies try to navigate their way through the ever-changing rules and regulations surrounding maritime transportation. A small overlook of the rules can result in millions of dollars of fees, which can often be crippling to small businesses. We want to help simplify some of ...
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IMO 2020 - Burn Baby Burn - USCG to Require Removal of All Non-Compliant Fuel

Change is Coming...  Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI will put into effect their revisions, including a reduction of the global sulfur cap from the current 3.5 % to 0.5 %. The new reduction will be regulated and enforced in United States waters by the United State...
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October 2019 Jones Act Update: CBP Proposed Modifications

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) just released another round of proposed modifications to their rulings surrounding the Jones Act and its application to Outer-Continental Shelf (OCS) activity and the Offshore Industry as a whole. A complete overview of proposed modifications can be found in Customs Bulletin Vol. 53 which was released on October ...
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US Offshore Wind Not Considered “OCS Activity” for Visa Purposes – What Does This Mean for OCSLA and the Jones Act?

The US State Department has recently updated policy guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), clarifying that offshore wind workers will be issues B visas for transit only and stating that the United States Coast Guard (USCG) does not consider offshore wind to be an Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activity. What you need to know about B-1 Visas ​...
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