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Incompetence? More like doing their job.

June 17, 2010

Found at Instapundit

PLUG THAT HOLE! — WITH ALL DELIBERATE SPEED, AFTER CHECKING FOR LIFEJACKETS AND STUFF. More Incompetence… Crude-Sucking Barges Ordered By Gov. Jindal Shut Down By Feds. “Against Governor Jindal’s wishes the federal government blocked oil-sucking barges today because needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board and were having trouble contacting the owners.” Remember when the selling point for Obama was that he’d be more competent than Bush? Well . . . .

I have to say I am pretty sick of this crap. Not everything the government does is the result of incompetence. In this case the Coast Guard is enforcing the Maritime Safety Regulations – one of their PRIMARY MISSIONS. Yes it’s inconvenient. You know what would be more inconvenient? Funerals, if one of those barges should sink or catch fire, and lives were lost because the Coast Guard didn’t insist of them having the proper safety equipment. Maybe the state and the owners should have taken a look at the regulations before putting these things out to sea, that’s where the incompetence lies.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. smitty permalink
    June 18, 2010 4:58 am

    I would agree more strongly with you if the CG had actually gone to a barge and discovered safety violations.
    Reasonable middle ground could be found in delivering gear & a bill for it.
    This smacks of pure “Screw me? No, screw you” from the Administration to the LA Governor.
    If you want to find some left-handed positive angle, here you go: if they’re playing the F-F game instead of moving heaven, earth and sea to un-b0rk this calamity, then environmental situation can’t be all that bad.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      June 18, 2010 7:47 am

      This smacks of pure “Screw me? No, screw you” from the Administration to the LA Governor.

      How so? This is standard practice as far as I know. I know a number of people who work small commercial boats here and every year they go through this evolution before the various fishing seasons and every year at least one boat is late putting out because they can’t meet one of the requirements. I would say that it was a screw you situation if the owners had attempted to meet the requirements and the Coast Guard blew them off, but to me this is simply a matter of people cutting corners because they were in a hurry and being mad that they got caught.

      • xbradtc permalink
        June 18, 2010 4:03 pm

        Sorry, but this smacks of harassment. Most small commercial vessels have an annual compliance inspection (often by the CG Auxiliary). That would be the time when they count life jackets. And the CG has an AWFUL lot of leeway on when they schedule those inspections.

        The CG has a clear mandate to board and inspect any vessel at any time. Fair enough. But they DON’T have to board and inspect every vessel. I have a hard time believing every vessel was so far out of compliance that the entire fleet was shut down.

  2. Liz permalink
    June 18, 2010 5:58 am

    I have to agree with you on this one. The barges would be working for the government, right? Then the government has the undisputed right to set the rules for safety, leaving aside any inchoate moral issues.

    I look at that and don’t think about federal overreach. I wonder who was incompetent enough to not put lifeboats on in the first place.

  3. jenn1964 permalink*
    June 18, 2010 6:46 pm

    I don’t think it smacks of harrasment at all. read the article more closely. These are barges that have been pressed into service for and crewed not a normal commercial vessel, I am not an expert on maritime law, but I believe that when a vessel is initially put in service for this type of operation it requires an inspection. To be honest I am surprised the Coasties are not raising a stink about Hazmat licenses. This is not that onerous a thing to comply with and frankly I think the state and the owners of the barges should be chastised for not getting it taken care of when they had the equipment put on board.

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