United States Marine Safety Institute
A Florida Public 501c3 Non Profit Organization
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USMSI is an all volunteer organization and does not receive any Federal, State or Local funding. It relies completely on the generous giving of the community it serves. Your tax deductible gift is greatly appreciated!
APRIL 20TH, 2010, BP'S DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL RIG EXPLODED AND SANK, KILLING 11 AND SPEWING OVER 4 MILLION BARRELS OF OIL INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO. TO THIS DAY BP'S DEEPWATER HORIZON IS CONSIDERED THE LARGEST MARINE OIL SPILL IN THE HISTORY OF THE PETROLEUM INDUSTRY. THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT WAS AND CONTIUNES TO BE DEVESTATING ON THE MARINE LIFE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO.
In 2005, United States Search and Rescue Special Operations Group and the USMSI answered the call as First Responders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After seeing an article in the news about Cmdr Scott Steele's efforts in Louisiana and reviewing his environmental work, the USMSI was contacted to take on a maritime restoration project deploying artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Extensive negotiations resulted in a contractual obligation that was to provide the USMSI a tremendous fund from which to:
* develop a marine headquarters for emergency response, education and environmental research
* purchase SEAL Boats, USA as a self-sustaining profit structure and educational conduit
* have on-going funds to enhance the organization’s mission, to save lives, rescue animals, educate, create
jobs and improve the gulf's environment
A great deal of the team’s time and man hours were spent preparing for the contracted kick-off June 01, 2010 only to be dashed by the BP oil spill. We have waited too long while BP plays games, refusing to honor their promises.
To our detriment and prior to the first funding on June 01, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe caused the cancellation of our contract under the Force Majeure Clause. All programs were forced to be placed on hold awaiting dispensation.
Nearly 7 years later, the USMSI has NOT recovered a single cent of our losses. Our file was submitted to the BP Deep Water Horizon Claims Administrator’s office in 2013. It was not until March 27th, 2017 when we finally heard from our attorney that the administrator's office had come back with an offer of $10,000 for our $3,925,000 lost contract. After extensive discussions, the USMSI is requesting a re-review, as we were evaluated as a lost business instead of as a lost contract and there is a huge difference in compensation calculations.
This has not been a easy time for our organization. Our future hangs in the balance as our attorney negotiates the maze of questions from the accountant review office. Time is of the essence and we hope for resolution now in early 2018!
Improving our marine environment through action & education