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Owners of the M/V IYANOUGH file Petition for Limitation of Liability

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Design3

Last June, a high-speed passenger ferry crashed into a jetty in Hyannis, Massachusetts that left fifteen people injured. The ferry, named the M/V IYANOUGH and operated by the Wood’s Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, crashed into the jetty a few miles from the dock. Due to heavy winds and rough seas, the evacuation process was slow, but eventually the Coast Guard was able to safely transport everyone off the ferry. In December, the owner of the M/V IYANOUGH filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Boston, Massachusetts to eliminate their liability in the summer crash or to limit damages available to injured crew members and passengers. What Is a Petition for Limitation? The owners of the M/V IYANOUGH are seeking to eliminate their liability in this case unless the claimants, which would be the injured crew members and passengers from the ship, can prove that the owners…
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TRAGEDY STRIKES NEW ENGLAND FISHING COMMUNITY

Posted on December 5, 2017 by Latti & Anderson

  Another tragedy has struck the local New England fishing community with the sinking of the F/V MISTY BLUE which is based in New Bedford but owned and operated by companies from Cape May, New Jersey of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Inc. and F/V MISTY BLUE LLC.   Currently, the USCG, local agencies and good Samaritans are searching for the two missing crew members, one who has been identified as Michael Roberts, 49, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts and Jonathan Saraiva, 22.  The F/V MISTY BLUE sank Monday Evening, December 4, 2017 at approximately 6:10 pm.  The USCG received a distress call from the F/V MISTY BLUE’S EPIRB.  An EPIRB is an emergency radio beacon that indicates the fishing vessels last position.  It can be activated manually by crew members or automatically when the EPRIB hits a certain depth in the ocean. Capt. Eric Arabian, 44 and crew member Colby McMullen, 22 were rescued…
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FERRY IYANOUGH CRASHES OFF OF HYANNIS

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Latti & Anderson

  On Friday night, the MV IYANOUGH, a ferry, crashed into a jetty in the entrance to Hyannis Harbor at 9:30 pm. It is reported that between six to fifteen people were injured.  On the MV IYANOUGH  were 48 passengers and six crew members as the vessel was going from Nantucket to Hyannis. The MV IYANOUGH was grounded on the rocks and several injured passengers had to be airlifted off the MY IYANOUGH. It appears that the United States Coast was able to retrieve the passengers off the ferry by 3:30 am. Dozens Rescued, 15 Injured After Hyannis Ferry Crash The focus now is what caused the MV IYANOUGH with a master and crew with over 60 years of experience crash into a marked known jetty.  The United States Coast Guard will be performing an investigation which will consist of interviewing crew members, obtaining the course recording, electronic files and determining who…
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Safety Tips to Prevent and Fight Fishing Boat Fires

Posted on November 30, 2016 by Latti & Anderson

One of the last places you want to be when a fire breaks out is confined to a boat. You could become trapped, have to abandon ship or be the victim of an explosion if the fire reaches your vessel’s fuel supply. Therefore, for anyone who spends much time on the water, whether for business or pleasure, learning how to prevent and fight boat fires is extremely important. How to Prevent a Fishing Boat Fire Sport Fishing magazine published a few tips for fighting and preventing fires on boats: Add Breakers and Fuses – Fuses and breakers add an extra layer of protection to help lower the risk of an electrical fire. These devices absorb power surges and cut circuits to prevent fires from resulting due to electrical problems. Make sure that you have breakers and fuses installed on your boat. Trust Your Nose – If something smells odd, such…
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