Morehead City Business Helping In Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup

It's becoming more apparent how critical it is to contain the oil leaking in the Gulf. There is growing concern the slick could reach loop currents in the Gulf, which would carry the oil along Florida's west coast and into the Keys, and possibly up the east coast.

An eastern Carolina business is helping with the cleanup as it threatens the Louisiana coastline.

About a thousand anchors will be sent from Ace Marine Rigging and Supply in Morehead City. They will be used in securing oil booms and curtains that will work to contain the spill.

Tony Blaha is President of the Morehead City company. Once an avid outdoorsman and a commercial diver, he was injured during a dive five years ago and is now in a wheelchair and paralyzed from the neck-down. Blaha is coordinating the project using a touch screen computer to do business.

In addition to providing the anchors, the company is also providing the hardware, rope and chains for the manufacturing of the booms.


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  • by Delano Location: Mount Olive on May 12, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Tony is the most powerful business man I know. A great person and generous. Delano Hill Team Financial Resources
  • by Delano Hill Location: Mount Olive on May 12, 2010 at 06:18 AM
    Most powerful and generous man I know. A great business builder.
  • by Dave Leadbetter Location: Va Beach on May 9, 2010 at 04:58 AM
    Way to go Tony!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on May 6, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    This business owner is doing something really well. If this stuff flows the wrong way due to wind, they have said that the oil could get stuck going towards the East coast and up. That's the LAST thing that these coastal counties and really ALL of NC needs. That would significantly damage the commercial fishing industry.
  • by Audra Location: Greenville, visiting on May 6, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    Mr. Blaha (and everyone working with you), BLESS YOU. That's the nicest thing I've read all week.
  • by philip Location: williamston on May 5, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    How Great That Is With The Economy Turn Down That folks Are Still Willing To help In This Down Time I Just Want To Thank The Folks That Are Helping
  • by Lynn Location: Newport on May 5, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Thank you for sharing this story - in the light of possible devastation one man in our own county has turned his own devastating experience into something positive that can help others. How encouraging!!
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