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Captain’s Negligence Caused Fatalities in 2019 Fishing Boat Accident

On January 8, 2019, commercial fisherman and deckhand Joshua Porter went to work, scared of entering a dangerous storm off the coast of Oregon. That day, the entire crew drowned after the boat overturned in an unsuccessful attempt to sail through the Yaquina Bay Bar.  Now, over five years later, the U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation

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Sailing Safely: Your Legal Rights Under U.S. Code §44103 

Setting sail on a cruise ship is an exciting experience but, before you leave, it’s crucial to be aware of your legal protections regarding passenger safety. Section §44103 of the U.S. Code ensures that vessel owners or charterers are accountable for covering liabilities arising from accidents resulting in injury or death during trips. Understanding the

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Anchoring Safety: Unpacking the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010

Vacations, particularly cruises, are great opportunities for relaxation. Yet, lurking behind the allure of these voyages lies an often unacknowledged danger. According to a study published in the International Journal of Travel Medicine and Global Health in November 2020, researchers uncovered alarming statistics: between 2000 and 2019, there were 557 passenger deaths and 66 crew

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The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that protects maritime workers who get injured at sea or on vessels. This law grants compensation, medical care, and rehabilitation services to those who become disabled at work.  As a maritime worker, it is important to know your rights in case an emergency

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6 People Missing in Dangerous Water after Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

On Tuesday, March 26, a 948-foot-long cargo ship leaving the Port of Baltimore crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing the bridge to collapse into the Patapsco River.  With dangerous water temperatures, search and rescue teams are working relentlessly to find the six missing workers and have already rescued two other individuals. Maryland’s Governor

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Alert: Shipyard Safety: Dissecting OSHA Regulation 1915.81

Shipyard employers have numerous state and federal laws they must follow to create a safe work environment for their employees. Anyone who oversees a shipyard and employs people must understand what important federal housekeeping regulations should be followed. It is the responsibility of a shipyard employer to take the appropriate safety precautions to prevent workplace

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