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Vessel Sinks with Three Aboard Off Washington Coast

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, three men were rescued by a Coast Guard crew after their vessel sank five miles off the coast of La Push, Washington. The three men were found floating around debris without lifejackets late Saturday afternoon when Coast Guard officials rescued them. According to the Coast Guard, the large vessel was… Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Boat Engine Cut-off Switches

As of April 1, 2021, operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet long will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL), according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The ECOS and ECOSL devices prevent runaway vessels and the threats they pose. The ECOSL attaches the vessel operator to… Read More

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… Read More

Allergic Reaction Prompts Medical Evacuation from Commercial Fishing Vessel Near Cold Bay

Around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, a 31-year-old crew-member aboard F/V AMERICAN TRIUMPH began experiencing a severe allergic reaction.  The vessel contacted Health Force, which recommended medical evacuation by the United States Coast Guard. Coast Guard Command launched a helicopter from Forward Operating Location Cold Bay, Alaska.  The rescue crew reached the vessel 101 miles northwest… Read More

Crewmember Suffers a Crush Injury Aboard F/V ALASKA OCEAN in Alaska

A 45-year-old man aboard factory trawler F/V ALASKA OCEAN suffered an arm crush injury on February 21, 2021, in Alaska.  HealthForce Partners contacted the Coast Guard command center in Juneau at approximately 7:00 p.m. to request a medical evacuation.  The trawler was located 30 miles northeast of Cold Bay when the incident occurred.  The Coast… Read More

Back-to-Back Offshore Medevacs on the West Coast

It was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard along the West Coast, including two medical evacuations from vessels underway offshore. First, on February 19, 2021, the Coast Guard responded to hails from the 10,000 TEU containership M/V HYUNDAI JUPITER 40 nautical miles to the west of San Luis Obispo, California.  A person aboard… Read More

Fishing Vessel Overturns at Tillamook Bay in Oregon

An unidentified 38-foot fishing boat capsized at the mouth of Tillamook Bay at 4:40 p.m. Saturday afternoon.  All four people on board went into the water. Fortunately, the U.S. Coast Guard was observing the area from a nearby watchtower when the incident occurred.  Rescue crews were dispatched immediately, and the four mariners were removed from… Read More

Fishing Vessel Ablaze in Port of Tacoma

A significant fire erupted aboard F/V ALEUTIAN FALCON in the Port of Tacoma overnight and into the morning of February 18, 2021.  The vessel is said to be 356 feet in length and docked at Pier 12.  It is operated by Trident Seafoods. Firefighters continued to fight the blaze throughout the morning.  Officials voiced concern… Read More

The Jones Act Receives Strong Support from the Biden Administration

On January 25, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order titled Strengthening ‘Buy American’ Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers.  The Executive Order echoes President Biden’s strong support of the Jones Act, the 100-year-old law that requires goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships… Read More

Public Hearing Scheduled for Fatal F/V SCANDIES ROSE Sinking in Alaska

The United States Coast Guard will begin a formal public hearing on February 22, 2021, to consider evidence related to the sinking of F/V SCANDIES ROSE.  The 130-foot crab fishing vessel sank on Dec. 31, 2019, in Alaska.  Seven crew members aboard and five were never found. The hearing will consider conditions impacting the vessel… 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
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