Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Avoid Memorial Day Drunk Boating

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

If you plan to enjoy recreational activities this Memorial Day weekend, make sure that you avoid reckless behavior such as drunk boating. Alcohol affects a person’s balance, judgment and reaction time—this is a dangerous mix when someone is operating a boat. Many fatal recreational boating accidents are the result of intoxicated operators—in fact, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use is a factor in almost a third of all boating fatalities in America. Sadly, these accidents tend to increase around the holidays, as people enjoy their time off from work. If you cause a drunk boating accident, you can face not only criminal charges, but you can also be held liable by an injury victim and/or his or her family. Over the course of the weekend, many jurisdictions across the country will increase water patrol to discourage people from drunk boating. In most states, boaters are held to the…
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Construction Equipment Tips Over on Maine Ferry

Posted on May 20, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

Last December, the ro-ro ferry Island Transporter reportedly battled through rough weather off the Maine coast as it was transporting construction equipment, including a cement and boom truck, which eventually overturned on the vessel. According to Professional Mariner, a boom truck on the ferry slid forward about 15 minutes into the voyage, eventually tipping over with a person inside its cab. Luckily, the truck’s boom anchored the vehicle against the ferry’s wall, preventing it from falling into the Atlantic Ocean. The incident occurred shortly after a cement truck also overturned on the vessel. The incidents reportedly occurred on December 11, as the ferry was traveling between Rockland and North Haven, Maine, at about 9:30 a.m. At the time of the incident, three passengers and two crewmembers were aboard the vessel. The cement truck driver reportedly suffered an arm injury during the incident. Unfortunately, none of the construction vehicles were tied…
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Crewman Lost at Sea After Hull Accident

Posted on May 18, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to Professional Mariner, a crewmember painting the side of a bulk carrier fell into the Gulf of Mexico last December off the Texas coast and investigators were not able to locate his body. The news source reported that the accident alongside the CF Crystal, near the Texas coast, while the man was painting the side of its hull. Apparently, the man was not wearing a life jacket and the lines to his bosun’s chair (the chair holding him as he was doing maintenance) failed. The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to investigate the accident. A representative with the Coast Guard said that the vessel’s rescue boat had an engine malfunction, which prevented a rescue by other crewmembers. Changhong Group HK Ltd. in Shanghai, according to Professional Mariner, owns the 738-foot bulk carrier, which had Chinese flags. Crewmembers aboard the vessel reportedly attempted to throw the man a life ring…
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