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What is happening to the cruise line industry during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The cruise line industry was worth $150 billion and supported over 1.17 million jobs worldwide in 2018. Of course, back then, the world wasn’t suffering from the reverberations of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Various industries have been affected by the coronavirus, and it has taken a toll on the cruise lines. As of February, since… Read More

Prevention of Coronavirus spread as Alaska’s fishing season begins

Government officials worldwide have released rules and regulations in order to keep people as safe as possible. As the days go by, the need for jobs is becoming crucial as many people are struggling to maintain financial stability. Businesses are declining quickly which can be damaging for the economy. For this reason, many people have decided to go back to work even with all the chaos around… Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman off the Coast of Coos Bay, Oregon

On Saturday, July 11, 2020, a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend medically evacuated a fisherman from the fishing vessel McKenzie Rose.  The situation developed in the early morning approximately 100 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Oregon. The vessel’s captain reported that a 26-year-old mariner had sustained a head injury and… Read More

Fishing Vessel Sinking near Suislaw River Bar Results in Two Mariner Fatalities

One mariner was rescued, while two others were tragically killed in the early hours of June 29, 2020, after the sinking of fishing vessel AQUARIUS near Florence, Oregon. The deceased were later identified as the owners of Florence’s Novelli’s Crab & Seafood restaurant, Kyle and Amber Novelli. The incident began at approximately 1:50 a.m. when a… Read More

A Captain’s Decision Puts Lives at Risk

The Maritime Executive reports that per the National Transportation Safety Board’s release of the Marine Accident Brief on the sinking and flooding of the commercial fishing vessel PACIFIC 1, the probable cause which led to the vessel sinking was the captain’s decision to remain at sea with continuous flooding in the lazarette from an unknown… Read More

The Battle Against the Coronavirus enters the Cruise Ship arena

People are panicking as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads globally, causing sinking markets, ending travel plans, canceling schools for children, and leaving employers to wonder how to make it more feasible for employees to work from home. Government officials worldwide have intensified their efforts to control the virus. Italy and Saudi Arabia enacted restrictions on travel,… Read More

Study Reveals Maritime Injuries Cost Industry More Than $85 Million Over Six Years

You’re out at sea, surrounded by pristine water as you hustle around the cruise ship’s freezer. You bend your knees and lift, retrieving the box of frozen crabs to be served to the hundreds of guests drinking and enjoying their vacation. But as you step out, you lose your balance and tumble to the floor…. Read More

The Surprising Reasons Why People Keep Falling Off Cruise Ships

Cruise ships facilitate fun, relaxation and travel to exciting new places. Given the seemingly endless expanse of the ocean and seas, there is a reasonable expectation of safety that cruise lines provide for their customers. Research suggests however that cruise lines can do more to keep their guests safe. From 2000 to 2008, 284 people… Read More

California Leading Coalition Urging EPA to Toughen Asbestos Reporting Rules

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is helping lead a coalition of 14 state attorneys demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) strengthen the asbestos reporting rule as part of the Chemical Data Reporting Rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act. “It’s widely known that asbestos is one of the most harmful chemicals known to humankind,” said… Read More

  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
  • Washington State Bar Association
    The Washington State Bar Association operates under the delegated authority of the Washington Supreme Court to license the state's nearly 40,000 lawyers and other legal professionals.
  • Oregon State Bar
    The Oregon State Bar is a government agency in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1890 as the private Oregon Bar Association, it became a public entity in 1935 that regulates the legal profession.
  • Alaska Bar Association
    The Alaska Bar Association is a mandatory bar association responsible to the Alaska Supreme Court for the admission and discipline process of attorneys for the State of Alaska.