A Labor Dispute Impacts West Coast Ports

Continuing conflicts between the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are causing dramatic changes to West Coast ports. Since early June, West Coast ports have experienced worker slowdowns and stoppages, resulting in an estimated $5.2 billion worth of trade stagnation in southern California alone. The Port of Seattle has…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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A New Kind of Phishing

Maritime Hacking, Phishing and AI

ChatGPT—a language AI chatbot—is being used for everything from composing emails to writing code, but could it also be used for hacking? Maritime vessels are becoming increasingly updated with electronically controlled components otherwise known as Information Technology (IT) systems. As such, vessels are becoming increasingly susceptible to cyber attacks, especially if a vessel is not…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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President Biden Signs Act to Restart Alaska Cruises from Seattle, WA

President Joe Biden signed into law the Alaska Tourism Restoration Act early Monday. This act will allow foreign-flagged cruise ships to operate cruises to Alaska in 2021. Elective representatives of the state proposed the act in March after Canada announced its ports would be closed to cruise ships until February 2022. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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Biden Nominates First Female Vice Commandant for the U.S. Coast Guard

Photos courtesy of gCaptain.    On April 20th, 2021, President Biden made history by nominating Vice Admiral Linda L. Fagan as the Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. If she is sworn in, Vice Admiral Fagan would be the first female four-star admiral in the Coast Guard’s entire history. Until then, Vice Admiral Fagan…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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Third Design for Advanced Staten Island Ferry Launched by NYC DOT

Photos courtesy of the Eastern Shipbuilding Group On the 31st of March 2021, congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis had the honor of breaking the ceremonial champagne over the bow of the Dorothy Day. The vessel was launched by the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) and was a part of a $300 million investment to bring…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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Attorney Doug Williams Takes Maritime Leadership Role at WSAJ

Anderson Carey Williams & Neidzwski is pleased to announce that partner, Doug Williams, is serving as Chair of the Maritime Law Section for The Washington State Association for Justice (“WSAJ”).  The WSAJ is the oldest and largest civil justice advocacy organization in the Pacific Northwest.  The organization provides its attorney members many resources needed to…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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Commercial Diver Fatality Results from Geoduck Harvesting in Washington State

Commercial Diver, Anthony Gockerell, was tragically killed on the job near Port Angeles, Washington on March 3, 2021.  Gockerell was performing geoduck clam harvesting at the Dungeness West geoduck tract.  He signaled that his surface-supplied umbilical cord, which provides air to the diver, was unable to clear.  The crew believed that the diver had become…

Written by Welcome on February 21, 2024

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