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Fishing Vessel Burns, Crew Rescued Off Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crew members this morning who abandoned their burning fishing vessel, the 35-foot HAVANNA, and set out on a life raft about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew flew up from Air Facility Newport to make the rescue. It located the three survivors in the life raft and lowered a rescue swimmer, who disconnected from the helicopter and swam… Read more

Beware the Ides of October

This is the 50th anniversary of the "Columbus Day Storm," the most powerful extratropical storm of all time. It is an appropriate moment to contemplate the significance of fall weather patterns to the North Pacific marine industry. Many years ago, a partner at the maritime law firm of Anderson Carey Alexander was a principal of a tug and barge company. He secured marine insurance for a tug to be operated… Read more

Fishermen Rescued After Sinking Near Kodiak

The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that five fishermen were rescued from an island south of Kodiak early this morning after their 58-foot-long fishing vessel struck a rock and started taking on water. According to Coast Guard spokesperson Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, the crew of the KODIAK ISLE contacted watchstanders just after midnight Thursday. They then donned survival suits and abandoned… Read more

Bellingham Couple Rescues Fisherman

A Bellingham, Wash., couple was instrumental in the rescue of a man adrift for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin in Alaskan waters last month. Tele Aadsen and Joel Brady-Power may have saved 19-year-old Ryan Harris, who was afloat in open seas after his boat capsized northwest of Sitka, Alaska, The Bellingham Herald reported in Sunday's newspaper. They were on their way back to shore on their 43-foot… Read more

Vessels Collide in Puget Sound

On Friday, October 5, 2012, Donald Hatch, an Edmonds resident, was killed when a yacht collided with his small boat during a fishing outing off Seattle's Shilshole Bay. The United States Coast Guard confirmed Hatch died after a 44-foot cabin cruiser, the SHELMAR, collided with his 16-foot aluminum skiff. Family members received confirmation of the loss by calling the King County Medical Examiner's… Read more

Tragic Errors Led to Hong Kong Collision

Early reports indicate that the deadly Hong Kong collision involved classic forms of malfeasance on the part of vessel operators. Included among likely causes were: 1. Failure of shipboard personnel to secure watertight hatches while a vessel was underway . 2. Failure to observe nautical rules of the road, as neither vessel gave way until they were in extremis and collision was unavoidable. Two watertight… Read more

Supreme Court Leaves Punitive Damages Award Intact

Injured seamen are entitled to maintenance, cure and unearned wages, regardless of fault. The shipowner's duty to pay these benefits is a "sacred obligation." Willful breach of the obligation gave rise to a claim for punitive damages. In 1990, however, the U.S. Supreme court decided the case of Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., 498 U.S. 19 (1990), prohibiting the award of "non-pecuniary" damages in cases… Read more

Deadly Collision at Sea Near Hong Kong

A collision at sea near Hong Kong between a passenger vessel and a ferry killed at least 38. The Monday night crash was Hong Kong's deadliest accident in more than 15 years, and the worst maritime accident in more than 40. The ferry involved, the SEA SMOOTH, has a top speed of almost 45 kph (28 mph) and carries up to 200 passengers. At 8:23 p.m., it collided with the LAMMA IV, which was taking more… Read more

Deadly Collision off Washington Coast

Coast Guard rescue crews have called off the search for a commercial fisherman who went missing after the fishing vessel MAVERICK sank off the coast of LaPush Friday morning, September 28, according to a Coast Guard spokesman. A Coast Guard helicopter based at Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles on Ediz Hook conducted the last search of the missing man on Saturday, said Petty Officer… Read more

Oil Rig Workers Injured in Fire

The Coast Guard confirmed that a W&T Offshore gas platform located in the Gulf of Mexico caught fire Wednesday morning, forcing three workers to evacuate. Two of the workers suffered minor injuries as they evacuated the platform, which is located in 120 feet of water about 29 miles south of Terrebonne Parrish, La.'s Dernieres Barrier Island Refuge, said Petty Officer Jonathan Lally. W&T Offshore's… Read more