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Alaska Tour Boat Passengers Rescued

JUNEAU -- The captain of a sightseeing vessel that apparently struck a rock at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve had been trying to get the vessel nearer shore to see brown bears, an official with the boat's owner said Monday. John Dunlap, a vice president with Allen Marine Tours, said the captain, after trying to maneuver closer to shore so passengers could see the one or more bears… Read more

Aid to Navigation -- Draft Information Systems

The U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) today announced the availability of an innovative new technology that will enhance safety on the St. Lawrence Seaway by giving mariners real time information on current and projected distances between a vessel's keel and river bottoms. Known as the Draft Information System (DIS), the new on-board technology will reduce the potential for… Read more

Time for Fishing Industry to Get Behind Immigration Reform

The Alaska fishing industry tests the metal of American workers. Anyone who has watched "The Deadliest Catch" can appreciate the extraordinary demands of shipboard labor in the North Pacific. Not only crabbers but trawlers, longliners and processors are subjected to long hours in an environment more stressful than any encountered elsewhere in the civilian workplace. Yet they return each fishing season… Read more

Fish War? Apparent Ramming is Deadly

A fisherman was killed, another was injured, and four more are missing after their fishing boat was rammed by an alleged Chinese vessel 160 nautical miles from the Panatag Shoal, in the Philippines. The Philippine fishing boat, "Axl John," was anchored at a payaw, or artificial fish shelter, when the ramming occurred. On June 20, the owner of the "Axl John" received a call from the boat informing her… Read more

Verdict for Chief Mate with Heart Condition Due to Excessive Hours Worked

Chief Mate William Skye brought suit in Florida against Maersk Lines Limited for excessive dangerous working conditions that inflicted heart damage and subsequently forced him into early retirement. The claim was made that Maersk working conditions violated the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, also known as the STCW. According to the case,… Read more

Reckless Disregard for Seaman's Rights - Punitive Damages

Admiralty law is steeped in tradition. Many of its principles derive from sources as ancient as the maritime code of the Isle of Rhodes. But in the past two decades, the law of maritime personal injury has been in flux. The pivot point is the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., 48 U.S. 19 (1990). In that case, the Court held that only "pecuniary" claims could be made for wrongful… Read more

Fishing Boat Accidents Injure One and Claim Life of Another

March was not a good month for workers on fishing boats. One worker, Andrew "Drew" Fotu, 25, from Seattle was a crew member on the F/V Alaska Juris was struck in the head by a snapped cable on March 1, 2012. The blow to the head was so severe that he immediately began bleeding from his mouth and exhibited life threatening vital signs. Coast Guard helicopters were summoned and a dropped rescue swimmer… Read more

Azamara Cruise Ship Drifting off Philippines After Fire Destroys Engines

Yet another cruise line incident in this young year. Recently, an Azamara Club Cruises ship named the Azamara Quest was reportedly drifting listlessly in the waters south of the Phillipines, after fire broke out disabling its engines. The Philippine coast guard indicated that five crew members received injuries from smoke inhalation, with one more seriously injured and taken to the hospital for care… Read more

Debris from Japan's 2011 Tsunami Expected to Land in North America Soon

Debris from the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that occurred near Sendai, Japan more than one year ago is finally making its way to the Pacific Northwest. The first piece of debris is expected to land on the West Coast within the next two months. Officials anticipate a Japanese fishing boat floating approximately 120 nautical miles off of the coast will make landfall in British Columbia soon.… Read more

BP Settles Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Claims for Estimated $7.8 Billion

On the eve of trial, British Petroleum (BP) reached a proposed settlement with the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Plaintiff's Steering Committee. The estimated $7.8 billion settlement is intended to resolve most of the economic and medical claims that resulted from the 2010 oil spill disaster. The settlement will be paid out of the $20 billion trust fund established immediately following the explosion,… Read more