FOSC OKs Gulf Coast Shoreline Cleanup Completion Plan (USA)

After 18 months of sustained effort to clean the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon accident, the U.S. Coast Guard’s federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC) has approved the shoreline clean-up completion plan, paving the way for restoration work.

Under the plan, the FOSC will determine which shoreline segments have completed the active clean-up measures and can transition out of the response phase. That will allow the federal and state trustees to move forward with BP-funded restoration activities.

This is an important milestone in the recovery process for the Gulf Coast,” said Mike Utsler, head of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. “As final shoreline clean-up operations are completed, restoration activities can begin that will enhance the Gulf Coast ecosystem and its communities. BP has already pledged up to $1 billion to fund early restoration projects as part of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment and we are working with federal and state trustees to determine where to begin those efforts.”

The FOSC, in consultation with relevant State and Federal Trustees established the clean-up standards for each impacted segment of the shoreline. Those standards form the basis for this new plan, which the FOSC developed with representatives of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as NOAA and the Department of the Interior.

Of the more than 4,300 miles of Gulf Coast shoreline surveyed, 635 were impacted and required some level of active cleaning. Today, over 90 percent of shoreline in the impacted area has met the agreed upon standards to transition out of the response phase, owing largely to a cleanup that has been unprecedented in scope.

At the height of the response, more than 48,000 responders were involved in capping the well, removing oil from the water and shoreline, protecting the coast, and rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife. Since then, with the help of committed federal, state and local officials as well as thousands of Gulf Coast residents, enormous strides have been made:

To date, there have been an estimated 66.5 million hours devoted to the response.

To date, 95,000 tons of oiled debris has been collected from the shoreline.

To date, $13.6 billion has been spent on the clean-up, and $7.3 billion paid in claims and other support payments.

After the spill, BP promised to clean up the oil and pay all legitimate claims,” said Utsler. “We are making good on that commitment, but our work is not done. With the shoreline clean-up completion plan in place, restoration work for the long-term benefit of the region can now begin.”

Source: bp, November 10, 2011;

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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