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National Safe Boating Week Kicks Off Before Memorial Day

May 20, 2024

The U.S. Coast Guard designates the week prior to Memorial Day each year as National Safe Boating Week. This holiday weekend serves as the unofficial start of summer and boating…

What Is a Claim and Answer For Petition For Limitation Of Liability?

May 9, 2024

If you’ve been injured in an accident on the water, whether in a collision between two vessels, an allision where one vessel hits a stationary object, or any injury while…

The “Titanic Law” Has Been Invoked After the Key Bridge Collapse: What Does it Mean When a Limitation of Liability Petition is Filed?

April 10, 2024

The Limitation of Liability, aka the “Titanic Law,” has been in the news since the M/V DALI crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge. On April 1, 2024,  the owners…

How a Petition for Limitation of Liability Can Affect Recovery After a Boat Accident

March 15, 2024

As we approach the warmer weather and recreational boating begins, it is important to know about aspects of the maritime law that affect liability on the water.  The Limitation of…

NTSB Urges Vessel Owners to Provide Personal Locator Devices for Their Crews

February 6, 2024

Citing numerous instances where the use of personal locator devices could have potentially prevented casualties at sea, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a new safety alert recommending that…

Schooner Injuries Highlight Risks for Cruise Passengers

October 11, 2023

A fall foliage cruise aboard the historic schooner  S/V GRACE BAILEY turned into a deadly tragedy when, without warning, the vessel’s main mast snapped and dropped to the deck. The…

Wakes Happen: Boat Operators Have a Duty to Be Aware of Circumstances and React Accordingly

August 11, 2023

With only several weekends left of the summer and recent  tragedies on the water,  it has called attention to an all-too-common problem that passengers and boat operators need to keep…

Recreational Boating Safety Can Prevent Senseless Tragedies

July 28, 2023

The word “safety” causes many people to roll their eyes, especially when safety is viewed as something that takes the fun out of a recreational activity such as boating. But…

The Danger of Double-Plated Hull Repairs

July 17, 2023

According to a report recently released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), it was most likely the use of double plating during the repair of a fishing vessel’s hull…