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Tulalip Police Officer Missing After Capsizing Incident in Washington

According to the KIRO 7 News Staff, on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, two police officers were aboard a Tulalip Police Department Fisheries vessel assisting another boat when the police vessel capsized just before 9 p.m.  Both officers were sent into the water as a result.  One officer, wearing a life jacket, was rescued at 11:45… Read More

Deadly F/V SCANDIES ROSE Sinking Lawsuit to Settle Out of Court

The owners of F/V SCANDIES ROSE report that they have resolved lawsuits with two surviving crewmembers and the families of four mariners who died during the December 2019 incident.  The crab fishing vessel was managed out of Washington State and sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.  The case reportedly settled out of court for more than… Read More

Washington-Based Fishing Vessel Owner Drowns in Sitka, Alaska

On Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, Ronald Cameron, 65, of Bellingham, Washington tragically drowned near a fish processor in Sitka, Alaska.  Mr. Cameron owned F/V ALLYSEN MORIAH, a 75-foot fishing boat operated out of Bellingham.  He was attempting to tie off the vessel during windy conditions when he fell in the water and perished. This incident… Read More

U.S. CDC to Lift Ban on Cruises in U.S. Waters, but Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line Extend Voluntary Suspension Through the End of the Year

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Oct. 30, 2020, that it would soon lift a ban on cruises in U.S. waters.  The agency detailed the requirements that cruise lines must meet in order to resume operations. The initial phase of restarting the cruise industry will require vessel operators to “demonstrate… Read More

U.S. Coast Guard Intervenes in Fishing Vessel Sinking Incident in the Gulf of Alaska

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received a mayday call from F/V ELISE MARIE at 1900 hours local time.  The vessel was taking on water and sinking near Icy Bay (approximately 160 nautical miles southeast of Valdez). The Coast Guard mobilized a C-130 Hercules airplane, an MH-60 helicopter,… Read More

Vessel Owner and Management Blamed for Deadly Fire Aboard California Dive Boat

During the Oct. 20, 2020 meeting of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the NTSB determined the probable cause of the Sept., 2019 fire casualty aboard D/V CONCEPTION was the failure of Truth Aquatics, Inc., the owner and operator of the vessel, to provide effective oversight of the boat and crew operations.  Specifically, they failed… Read More

NTSB Meets to Consider Probable Cause of Fatal Dive Boat Fire

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board will meet at 1 p.m. (EDT) on October 20, 2020, concerning the fire aboard D/V CONCEPTION off of Santa Cruz, California in 2019.  The fire killed 34 people.  The Board, which consists of five members will vote on the probable cause, make recommendations, and discuss changes to their draft… Read More

Injured Fisherman Evacuated From F/V ATLANTICO Near Cold Bay, Alaska

During the morning hours of September 16, 2020, a 40-year-old fisherman aboard F/V ATLANTICO sustained a back injury near the Port of Cold Bay in Alaska.  The emergency medical evacuation was recommended. The United States Coast Guard, District 17 command center responded by launching a Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak.  The helicopter crew reached… Read More

NTSB Releases Hundreds of Pages of Evidence on Deadly Fire Aboard D/V CONCEPTION

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has publicly released voluminous documentary evidence relating to the fire aboard D/V CONCEPTION on September 2, 2019, which resulted in the deaths of 34 people.  The only survivors of the incident near Santa Cruz Island in California were five crewmembers who dove into the water for safety.  Everyone else… Read More

Commercial Fisherman Rescued by U.S. Coast Guard Near Columbia River

A distressed commercial fisherman was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard in the early hours of Tuesday, June 28, 2020, near the entrance of the Columbia River. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a VHF-FM radio mayday call from a 37 -foot commercial fishing vessel located near Cape Disappointment.  An urgent marine information… Read More

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    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.
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