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A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel was preparing to sail Friday evening to the scene of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

The owners of the “A Whale” – the length of 3 1/2 football fields and 10 stories high – said the ship features a new skimming approach that has never been attempted on such a large scale. They are anxious to put it to its first test in the Gulf.

The A Whale skimmer, 3 1/2 football fields long and 10 stories tall, was photographed in Norfolk, Va., on Friday. June 25 2010

“We really have to start showing people what we can do,” said Bob Grantham, project coordinator for TMT Group, a Taiwan-based shipping company.

The company said it also needs a waiver of the 1920 Jones Act, which limits the activities of foreign-flagged ships in coastal U.S. waters. The A Whale is Liberian-flagged vessel.

Ah… the Jones Act.

Much as been written about it but is it really a problem?

Apparently not.

It is what any large government operation does.

It becomes mired in indecision, bungling and flat-out stupidity!

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As Louisiana’s maritime industry continues to reel from President Barack Obama’s deepwater drilling moratorium, a leading oil production company has announced it’s looking to move some of its fleet to foreign waters.

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. announced that it is shutting down three exploratory drilling rigs in the deepwater Gulf, all off the Louisiana coast, and assured shareholders that it would move its operations “from the Gulf to other areas of our global portfolio” so it could meet annual production goals.

You can expect this will be the first of many layoffs in the oil industry and followed closely by those employed in the tourism industry.

Any bets on what the unemployment rate will be in 2 months?

With 300 plus thousand Census jobs being cut in addition to all those filing for unemployment due to the spill I’m betting the rate will edge closer to, if not over 10.0.

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