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New Center for Offshore Safety Institute in Houston

The American Petroleum Institute will operate the new Center for Offshore Safety Institute in Houston. (Chron.com).

API President Jack Gerard said in a statement that the center will "promote the highest level of safety for offshore operations, through an effective program that addresses management practices, communication and teamwork."

The idea of an institute of this faction came after the spill in April 2010 and last year's Macondo well blowout that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig, spilled millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, and killed 11 workers.

The proposed center will likely not be housed with any of the local API member companies. An institute spokesman said that details on how the program will be funded and operated have not been decided upon yet. It would also be subject to third-party auditing and reviews to preserve quality standards.

The Institute is still in the works but it is sure to increase safety precautions and hopefully prevent future accidents and disasters.

Working offshore or in a Maritime environment can be very dangerous. Any efforts to establish higher standards of safety and responsibility at sea are beneficial to both the seamen and to the environment.

If you have been injured on the in an offshore or maritime accident, contact maritime lawyer Steve Lee for legal advice. This accident will fall under federal maritime law and you could be entitled to compensation.






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