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Blog Posts and Articles | Page 6 | Jones Act and Maritime Law Blog

Tragic Boat Fire in Bellingham

In Bellingham, efforts have begun to recover the bodies of two people who are believed to have died in a massive fire that struck Squalicum Harbor late last week. Husband and wife Jim Langei, 43, and Sterling Taylor, 33, were living on their boat and have been missing since it was burned in an early-morning fire Friday, March 30. The fire destroyed an estimated 10 large boats moored in boathouses at… Read more

Alaska Marine Highway System Claims Fast Ferries Have Defective Engines-AMHS v. Derecktor and MTU Friedrichshafen

Moving vessels Fairweather and Chenega are Alaska Marine Highway System's (AMHS) first "fast" ferries. They are 235-foot long aluminum-hulled catamarans with standard service speeds of 32 knots. These ferries carry up to 250 passengers and 36 vehicles at a time. Their interior spaces have a combination of reclining airline-style seats, tables, video games, and full service snack bars. The Juneau-based… Read more

Ship Owner Cannot Limit Liability Where Passenger Slips on Ramp-MLC Fishing, Inc. v. Velez

An appellate court recently confirmed a legal rule prohibiting vessel owners from limiting their liability by invoking federal court jurisdiction. Passengers who are injured en route to a vessel are entitled to fair compensation for their injuries, even if the incident did not occur "on or over navigable waters." MLC Fishing, Inc. (MLC) owns the fishing vessel "Capt. Mike," which was docked at Capt.… Read more

Dutch Harbor Clinic Denies T.V. Access

The Iliuliuk Family and Health Services clinic in Dutch Harbor has been caring for injured fishermen for decades. It is a beacon of compassion and competence in the North Pacific. It's commitment to professionalism is reflected in its decision not to permit a T.V. show to invade the privacy of the clinic. The Deadliest Catch's access to scenes of injured fishermen inside the clinic has been cut off.… Read more

COSTA CONCORDIA Passenger Claims

An article in the Miami Herald discussed lawsuits being instituted in behalf of passengers aboard the COSTA CONCORDIA. Two New York lawfirms claim to be representing "hundreds" of passengers. The shipowner has offerred 11,000 euros, or about $14,500, to settle claims by the 3,206 passengers who were not physically injured. It has been noted that the settlements would total about $46 million, or 12… Read more

Forum Selection -- A Way to Obstruct COSTA CONCORDIA Claims

Although the parent company of the owner of the stricken Costa Concordia is based in Miami, passengers who want to file a lawsuit in U.S. courts over the cruise ship disaster will encounter obstacles in the tickets issued by the cruise line. That's because of fine print on the tickets purchased and signed by the 3,000-plus passengers before the ship capsized Jan. 13 off the coast of Italy, killing… Read more

Forum Selection -- A Thumb on Carnival's Side of the Scale of Justice

As noted in our last blog post, in the 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case of Carnival Cruise Lines v. Shute, a "choice of forum" clause in a cruise ship ticket was upheld. In dissent, Mr. Justice John Paul Stevens explained the purpose of choice of forum clauses like the one contained in the COSTA CONCORDIA tickets: "Clauses limiting a carrier's liability or weakening the passenger's right to recover for… Read more

Another Shipwreck! Packed Ferry Sinks

Rescuers pulled more than 200 survivors from the ocean on Thursday (February 2) as the search for more passengers from a packed ferry that sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea was set to extend into Friday, rescue officials said. The fate of scores of others aboard the ferry, the MV Rabaul Queen, was unknown. Rescue agencies estimated that the MV Rabaul Queen had been carrying 300 to 350 people when… Read more

Black Sea Shipwreck

A dry cargo ship sank off the Black Sea coast of Turkey Tuesday and eight members of the 11-strong Polish crew were missing, Turkish media said. The Cambodian-registered dry cargo ship Vera was sailing from Russia to the Turkish Aegean port of Aliaga and sank in a storm one mile off the coast of the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, CNN Turk said. Three members of the crew were saved and taken to hospital,… Read more

Marina Explosion Seriously Injures Boater

A boat exploded last night at the John Wayne Marina in Sequim, Washington, seriously injuring a man on board. The 40-foot boat blew up about 5:45 last night at the "C" dock in the marina. Fire District Three spokesman Patrick Young says the explosion was so large, boats within 75 yards were also damaged. One couple on a boat two slips away was knocked down due to the force. An unidentified 78-year-old… Read more