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FERRY IYANOUGH CRASHES OFF OF HYANNIS

  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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What Has the NTSB Learned from This Year’s Maritime Accidents?

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its annual report on maritime accidents from the last year and what has been learned from them. The 72-page report examines 29 major maritime accidents in 2015 with high casualty numbers. It seems the report gleaned three major lessons from last year’s accidents, including: The hazards associated with crew fatigue – It is no secret that many maritime workers consider fatigue as just “part of the job.” However, it is a huge factor in causing accidents in all transportation modes and maritime transportation is no exception. According to the NTSB report, poor watchstanding caused by fatigue was the reason for three major commercial fishing vessel accidents, including the Titan, Savannah Ray and Pacific Queen. The need for better voyage planning and risk assessment – In the report, the mobile offshore drilling unit Kulluk, which is owned by Shell Offshore Inc., sustained heavy…
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Should I talk to an Insurance Company After a Maritime Accident?

Consider this situation: you’ve just suffered a maritime injury and are trying to recover. You’re in pain, probably shocked, traumatized by your accident and may have family worried about you. On top of all of this, you now have medical bills and possibly lost wages to contend with. However, any injury or death is covered by insurance, similar to the way cars are covered by insurance. This includes: Most boats Commercial fishing vessels Oil tankers Barges Tugboats Cruise ships While this should be comforting, most insurance companies will do whatever it takes to pay you as little as possible. They will contact you at first chance and try to get you on the phone to recount the circumstances of your accident. But, it is important you do not speak to them without an attorney. Why Should I Refuse to Speak to the Insurance Company Without a Maritime Attorney? When a…
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