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Seventeen People Injured in NY Cruise Ship Accident

Posted on June 29, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to CNN, a cruise ship struck a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in New York on June 18, injuring 17 passengers. The news outlet reported that several passengers had to be sent to an area hospital for treatment following the accident. There were 274 people on the Saint Laurent, a 286-foot vessel, when the accident occurred, including passengers and crewmembers. The accident occurred in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena. The accident remains under investigation. Witnesses said that the vessel was entering a lock when it struck an approach wall bumper. The impact of the crash reportedly punched a hole into the vessel’s hull, causing it to take on water. The vessel was taking tourists to Ontario, Canada and is operated by Miami-based FleetPro. The ship reportedly remained stable after a salvage crew and a U.S. Coast Guard team responded to the accident, allowing people who were not injured…
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Man Arrested for NJ Hit-and-Run Boating Accident

Posted on June 26, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

According to reports, New Jersey police have arrested a 21-year-old man following a hit-and-run boating accident in Sparta that injured five people. The New Jersey Herald reported that the accident occurred on Lake Mohawk on June 14. A recreational boat being driven by the suspect reportedly crashed into a pontoon boat, sending several people to the hospital with head injuries. Three people were reportedly thrown into the water from the force of the accident, with one of them being knocked unconscious and almost drowning. After authorities were called to the scene of the accident, the suspect reportedly fled. He was arrested later in the day after police combed the lake, finding the alleged vessel involved with damage on it. The owner of the boat told investigators that he let the suspect borrow the vessel. The suspect has been charged with five counts of endangering an injured victim, leaving the scene…
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Is Stress Management Important in the Maritime Industry?

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

People who work in the maritime industry face challenges that can place high stress levels on them. Whether it is rough seas, little time with family or jobs with heavy physical demands, stress management is becoming more important. With this in mind, recently a column in Professional Mariner by Capt. Kelly Sweeney discussed this issue. Sweeney, who lives near Seattle and regularly works on a variety of commercial vessels, discussed how he began working on a crude oil tanker at the same time as a recent maritime academy graduate. Midway through the vessel’s work tour, the man got a letter from his girlfriend that ended their relationship. The news reportedly sent him into a depression, as he stopped shaving, wore unwashed clothes and seemed to care less about his job. Sweeney said the man told him he was not sleeping and eating well, and the quality of his work suffered….
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