I know at one point and time there was a gigantic blog concerning foreign flags working in the GOM. I have been on the lookout for foreign flags working out of Fourchon, especially since the downturn in our industry.
I looked out our front windows about and hour ago and low and behold, the Island Enforcer was headed for sea, for ‘sea trials’, MMSI257477000, callsign LAJU7, IMO 9484780, Norwegian flag. This can only make me think that they are fixing to go to work. I have also noticed Adams Vision occasionally coming and going from Fourchon and ACTIVELY working just East of LOOP, around West Delta 95.
Why is a foreign flag vessel working and not US flag? HOS has a construction boat available. This is really starting to tick me off. I worked in the Norwegian Sector of the North Sea in the Late 80s and 90s. We had to take a Fisheries Rep onboard and also pay Norwegian income tax. (Luckily the company paid the taxes). Why cant we get the foreigns out of US waters or at the very least make them pay US taxes?
Just my 2 cents and “off rant”!