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Merchant Mariners

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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Navigating the Seas with Safety & Security: Demystifying the Jones Act for Merchant Mariners

Imagine setting sail, not just for adventure, but for a career vital to American commerce and national security. This is the life of a Merchant Mariner, navigating the world’s oceans aboard U.S. ships. Yet, for these brave men and women, the risks go beyond rough waters and distant shores. Injuries at sea can be devastating,

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Seattle: Ballard Oil Closes Its Doors After 85 Years

The Seattle Times reports that Ballard Oil, a company that has been serving the maritime community for four generations, closed its doors for good on January 30th, 2023. Since its founding in 1937, the company has supplied commercial fishing boats, tugs, and other vessels in the Lake Washington Ship Canal with fuel, lubricants, and parts.

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