Experienced Maritime Attorneys BLOG

Why Do Norovirus Outbreaks Occur on Cruise Ships?

Posted on April 24, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

Recently, it was reported that Celebrity Cruise’s Infinity returned to San Diego after 106 passengers aboard the vessel, including six crewmembers, came down with a norovirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is investigating the outbreak, said that it has collected stool samples from passengers to determine how the outbreak occurred. Those who were affected suffered from symptoms including vomiting and violent diarrhea. Interestingly, Salon recently had a fascinating story about why norovirus outbreaks are occurring on cruise ships. Last year, a Royal Caribbean ship returned to shore when over 600 people fell ill with a norovirus. The news outlet reported that in most cases, these outbreaks occur when viruses are spread through contact among infected passengers, when people encounter or are served contaminated water, or they are served food or drinks that are unhygienic. “On cruise ships, where many people are gathered in close quarters and much of…
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Can the Coast Guard Suspend an Operator’s License?

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

In a blog post last month, we explained how overcrowding on ferries and the operation of vessels in poor conditions can lead to safety issues. It should be noted that many of the same rules and regulations that apply to ferries also pertain to other vessels such as riverboats. Remember, when an operator ignores cargo load limits or decides to operate a vessel in poor conditions, it can lead to capsizing, grounding or sinking events. Aside from death, these incidents can result in severe personal injuries, as people are forced to abandon vessels or participate in rescue operations. Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that it suspended the merchant mariner’s license of Richard Chesbrough of Salem, Oregon for violating “regulations governing small commercial passenger vessel operations and for negligence.” According to a Coast Guard release, the suspension will last four months and be followed by an 18-month probationary period due…
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Drunk Boating Accidents: How Can an Attorney Help?

Posted on April 20, 2015 by Latti & Anderson

We have brought up several times in previous blogs the dangers of drunken recreational boating. Sadly, alcohol use is a factor in almost a third of all recreational boating fatalities in the U.S., according to the U.S. Coast Guard. With this in mind, a former state delegate in Maryland who was convicted of drunken boating following a crash that left several people injured was ordered to pay almost $92,000 to one of the victims following a lawsuit. According to the Capital of Annapolis, a judge ordered Don Dwyer to pay Earl Mitchell for medical bills and pain and suffering because of the August 2012 crash. Mitchell was aboard an 18-foot Bayliner that collided with Dwyer’s 26-foot Targa Baha Cruiser The Legislator on the Magothy River, the news outlet reported. Mitchell reportedly suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck, mouth, teeth and head because of the crash. Prior to the accident, Dwyer…
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