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Fatal Accident on the Pacific Santa Ana Drillship: Is The Victim’s Family Being Kept In the Dark?

The Pacific Santa Ana was preparing to drill approximately 200 miles south of Lake Charles when the ship was forced to call the Coast Guard. An accident took the life of a crewman, but details are being closely guarded and not even the victim’s family is being kept in the loop. So when will the victim’s family learn about the fate of their loved one? Fatal Accident on the Pacific Santa Ana Drillship The 34-year-old victim of this accident was a native of Hope, Maine. He was married with three children, had worked for Pacific Drilling for about a year, and he had been a self-employed roofer/carpenter before working on the ship. The Hope community has rallied behind this man’s family to provide support, but information about the accident has not been forthcoming. What Do We Know About The Accident? Pacific Drilling and the company that hired their services—Chevron—have not…
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Could Louisiana Face A Maritime Worker Shortage?

Recently, 50 companies participated in surveys that were a part of a study conducted by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). What the study found could affect the future of the Louisiana maritime industry for years to come. “An Invisible Giant: The Maritime Industry in Louisiana” details the condition of the seafaring jobs in our state. It says that one in every five jobs in Louisiana is a part of the maritime industry, and that the industry generates $11 billion for Louisiana’s economy while paying workers upwards of $3.5 billion. However, not everything in the report is good news. Advancing technology, increase offshore energy production, growth in manufacturing, and an aging workforce will make hiring new maritime workers a must. The 50 companies that participated in the study estimate that they will need to hire 3,000 new workers to…
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