Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Crewman Missing After Falling Off Barge

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

It is very important for the owner and operator of any vessel to make sure it is as safe as possible for anyone riding it. This is true whether the ship is used for work or play, and it is especially important at times when environmental issues, such as the weather or even nightfall, add to the dangers posed to those onboard. Recently, a crewman on a barge went missing overnight, while the vessel was traveling along the Mississippi River. According to nemonews.net, authorities believe the barge worker fell overboard after the ship passed through Lock and Dam 19. A search for the 20-year-old man is underway, with the Illinois Department of Natural Resource, Missouri Highway Patrol and Coast Guard all involved. The center of the search is the area between the Fenway and Gregory landings. A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol said the incident could be classified as…
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Could a Ferry Crash Into a Pier?

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

Ferry crashes often have devastating results. When you’re riding on the road in a car or truck, you are very aware of how often auto accidents occur, so you keep your guard up. However, for those riding ferryboats, their guard is often down because people are less used to being involved in ferry accidents than car wrecks, which results in less precautions being taken and a more chaotic aftermath. In mid-October, a ferry crashed into a pier, causing damage to the facility and 10 injuries, according to Professional Mariner. The incident took place in San Francisco around 5:45 p.m. on a Sunday. Reportedly, the wreck happened while the ferry, the Peralta, was backing out of the Pier 41 terminal. As the vessel backed up, it hit a piling, a collision that resulted in 10 passengers being hurt. After the crash, the injured passengers were taken to hospitals for treatment, and…
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Crews Rescued Following Multi-Vessel Dredging Accident

Posted on October 20, 2014 by Latti & Anderson

In the middle of any kind of major accident or disaster, the most important thing is to save as many lives and prevent as many injuries as possible. However, in the wake of such an event, the focus often shifts to helping victims put their lives back together, figuring out what caused the incident and finding a way to prevent others from suffering a similar fate. According to Professional Mariner, a recent incident that left a towboat and dredging vessel capsized may be well on its way to following the above-mentioned pattern. Reportedly, the incident, which took place just outside of Mobile, Alabama, resulted in both vessels sinking and left their crews in need of rescue. Prior to the boats capsizing, they were two of three vessels dredging the Mobile Ship Channel. The 26-foot dredging boat and 52-foot towboat were north of Gaillard Island when they capsized. The third towboat…
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