In case some are wondering if pressure on gCaptain by outside groups led to it being deleted a few days afterwards, I want to say that I asked the gCaptain team for it to be taken down as a good faith gesture to the other parties who were quite upset by what I wrote. I must say that it is most interesting to note how this forum is read by management, how fast comments made here spread and more so, how some of those comments can sting them. With that said, these various parties now know my position, that I am in for the long haul and do not intend to concede in this matter until I see permanent change come to the issuance of these manning waiver letters to foreign vessels in the GoM. This matter has become a crusade for me now and there is no option available to me other than victory. In fact, it was the USCG that used that term as it appears that I have been the loudest voice they have yet heard in this matter. Those who know me well here, know that I relish a good scrap especially if it is a cage match with Joe Boss.
What I wish to ask my brothers here, is for those of you who are in the GoM presently to report all those foreign vessels which are currently working in the Gulf now and all those that might enter to work on the OCS in the future. Since I am not down there presently, I need to know which vessels are there in order to request copies of the waiver letters though FOIA process. With those letters, I will know who is getting them, when they are due to expire, what positions are waived, etc… With that information, I believe I can challenge each waiver individually through complaints to the USCG office which issues these letters. I have learned that to prevail in these complaints one must be armed with the greatest degree of information possible. If you wish to not to be public, you can always PM the information to me.
So please send me the names of those foreign flagged and manned vessels working in the Gulf now so I can make the FOIA inquiries concerning their waivers and thanks to all for your solidarity and kind assistance…