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Looking Offshore Increased Operations and Hurricanes have Refocused Congressional Attention on The Outer Continental Shelf By Jonathan K. Waldron and Charles T. Blocksidge It has been over a year since the devastating effects of hurricanes Katrina and Rita occurred in the Gulf of Mexico. Since that time, it has become clear that there are insufficient U.S. workers and vessels available to work on the Outer Continental Shelf ("OCS") to complete the necessary repair efforts and to continue the needed oil and gas development offshore. As a result, foreign workers and vessels continue to receive exemptions from the citizenship manning requirements mandated by the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act ("OCSLA") and its amendments. This increased activity, coupled with the ever increasing focus on security, has led to increased attention from lawmakers. Specifically, as discussed below, one piece of legislation would extend the immigration laws to the OCS ultimately requiring foreign workers to obtain temporary employment-related H-2B visas. The second, recently enacted, will establish Notice of Arrival ("NOA") requirements for foreign vessels working on the OCS. conduct operations on the OCS generally fall into the following two categories: (1) ownership of a foreign-flag OCS unit is 50 % or more foreign or foreign citizens have the right to effectively control a U.S.-flag OCS unit (i.e. through a bareboat charter agreement), or (2) that certain foreign citizens may be used aboard an OCS unit because they are not considered "members of the regular complement of a unit." Procedurally, requests are made to the U.S. Coast Guard for approval of an exemption. The Coast Guard then issues a determination letter approving an exemption to use foreign nationals to At Hercules Offshore, we are creating an exciting platform for growth. Y Extension of Immigration Laws to the OCS Section 29 of H.R. 4761, the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006, passed by the House on June 29, 2006, would amend the OCSLA by making regulations implemented pursuant to vessel and platform manning requirements of the OCSLA generally complementary with the extension of the Constitution and laws of the United States to the OCS, except for certain individuals with extraordinary ability. This provision apparently is intended to overrule a 1996 federal appellate court decision and apply the immigration laws of the United States to the OCS. ou have the opportunity to become part of our team. Join our Liftboat division, which is one of the largest in the world or our Drilling division which continues to expand globally. Hercules Offshore offers career opportunities in our domestic and international Drilling division for all levels of positions. Our Liftboat Division is also seeking experienced, licensed Mates and Captains, as well as AB, Engineers, O/S, and Deckhands. Our company is focused on safety as well as operational and technical excellence. Hercules Offshore offers competitive salaries and benefits. If you are interested in a position with Hercules Offshore, you can contact Liftboat.firstname.lastname@example.org us at our Liftboat Division. Liftboat Division 151 South Park, 3rd Floor Lafayette, LA 70508 Phone: 337-560-8000 Fax: 337-560-8030 An equal opportunity employer Background and Exemption Process OCS Through a 1978 amendment to the OCSLA, Congress explicitly established a manning regime for vessels and platforms used to support OCS activities. Specifically, vessels and platforms ("OCS units") conducting operations on the OCS, must be manned or crewed by citizens of the United States or aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e. green card holders) unless they qualify for an exemption. OCS units seeking an exemption to November, 2006 · MarineNews · 35