NTSB Makes Fishing Industry Safety Recommendations

Before the LADY MARY sank off Cape May, N.J., in 2009 with the loss of six lives, it had been structurally modified “without consulting a naval architect,” federal safety officials said. The scallop trawler’s owners hadn’t assessed its stability. The crew didn’t realize the importance of keeping the vessel watertight during severe weather. And the…

Written by Welcome on November 30, 2011

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Supreme Court Helps Injured Seamen

Supreme Court Helps Injured Seamen — CSX v. McBride Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court preserved a legal rule which has for 50 years helped railway workers and Jones Act seamen recover fair compensation for their injuries. Despite a vigorous dissent by the Chief Justice, the majority in CSX Transportation, Inc. v. McBride held that if…

Written by Welcome on June 24, 2011

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Obama and Biden Will Protect Your Rights!

Vessel crewmembers are working people. They don’t benefit from tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. They need the benefits and protection sought by labor unions and the party of labor, the Democrats. They need affordable health care and Social Security. They need good public schools for their children. They need an intelligent energy policy and…

Written by Welcome on September 5, 2008

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Grounding of Alaskan Vessel Fault of Captain

The National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) has determined that the reason that the Empress of the North ran aground on July 23, 2008 was the negligence of the captain. The captain allowed an inexperienced, newly licensed junior third mate to the bridge watch from midnight to 4 a.m.. The NTSB commented that the decision of leadership on the vessel…

Written by Welcome on July 23, 2008

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Department of Transportation Offers Salvage Bonus

On Friday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) offered a bonus to a salvage contractor to retrieve industrial fuel and dangerous chemicals inside the sunken M/V Princess of the Stars. The ship sank somewhere near Roblon Province. The company Titan Salvage, is owned by Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley Maritime Corporation is the largest maritime…

Written by Welcome on July 18, 2008

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Factory Trawler Owner Seeks Limitation of Liability

The owners of the ill fated fishing vessel the Alaska Ranger have begun legal maneuvering to avoid liability for the deadly ship sinking in March. The lawyers for the Fishing Company of Alaska (“FCA”) have invoked an archaic piece of maritime law that limits the amount of money that can be sought by survivors or the…

Written by Welcome on July 14, 2008

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Punitive Damages in Maritime Law

The United States Supreme Court ruled recently on several issues related to maritime casualty. The opinion, Baker v. Exxon Shipping Co., deals with the availability of punitive damages under maritime law. Prior to this decision, the Supreme Court had yet to directly rule on whether punitive damages are appropriate under some circumstances. Before this ruling,…

Written by Welcome on June 13, 2008

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