Maritime Accidents

Coast Guard Aircrew Rescues Four People Off of Martha’s Vineyard

A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a group of four people from a sinking fishing vessel Wednesday night near Martha’s Vineyard. The fishing vessel, named F/V SEA STAR, radioed the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 6:20 p.m. that night. They reported that their vessel was sinking and taking on water, and that they were … Continue reading Coast Guard Aircrew Rescues Four People Off of Martha’s Vineyard

TRAGEDY STRIKES NEW ENGLAND FISHING COMMUNITY

Another tragedy has struck the local New England fishing community with the sinking of the F/V MISTY BLUE which is based in New Bedford but owned and operated by companies from Cape May, New Jersey of Atlantic Cape Fisheries, Inc. and F/V MISTY BLUE LLC.   Currently, the USCG, local agencies and good Samaritans are searching … Continue reading TRAGEDY STRIKES NEW ENGLAND FISHING COMMUNITY

Have You Seen the New Bedford Fishing Monument?

On June 30th, City Pier 3 at 228 MacArthur Drive in New Bedford received a permanent fixture on the waterfront. The Fishermen’s Tribute Monument, which was unveiled at Tonnessen Park, has been completed and placed to honor all the “men and women—past, present and future—within the fishing industry, especially those who have lost their lives … Continue reading Have You Seen the New Bedford Fishing Monument?

Be Our Guest to the New Bedford Commercial Marine Expo

On April 27th through the 28th, Latti & Anderson LLP will be attending the Commercial Marine Expo (CME) in New Bedford, Massachusetts and we would like you to join! You can pay $20 at the door upon arrival. However, if you contact our office at (800) 392-6072 or contact us online, we can send you … Continue reading Be Our Guest to the New Bedford Commercial Marine Expo

Mustard Gas Exposure On Fishing Boat

New Bedford, Massachusetts – Investigators are pondering if Mustard gas made the crew of the 145-foot ESS Pursuit sick off the coast of Long Island last Sunday. The New Jersey Based clam boat was reported to have pulled up eight military shelves, possibly dating back to the World War I era. Crewmen have begun the process … Continue reading Mustard Gas Exposure On Fishing Boat

Crewmembers Narrowly Escape Death When Tugboat Sinks in Boston Harbor

Last week, the Emily Anne tugboat sustained a breach in the hull and took on water near the Boston Harbor. The boat began to flood and the captain barely had time to put in a distress call to the Coast Guard before the 55-foot tug went under. Luckily, a local harbor pilot and his crew … Continue reading Crewmembers Narrowly Escape Death When Tugboat Sinks in Boston Harbor

Gloucester Fisherman Dead on the Western Venture

The Boston.com Metro Desk reported that a 51-year-old Gloucester fisherman died late Tuesday after diving beneath a herring boat to untangle a net from its rudder, the city’s assistant harbormaster said. The crewman was working on the 164-foot Western Venture fishing boat about 150 miles from shore when a net that the crew was attempting … Continue reading Gloucester Fisherman Dead on the Western Venture

Spirit Of Massachusetts Runs Aground

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is investigating how a whale watcher veered off course and ran aground off Deer Island Saturday, forcing an evacuation of tourists on board. The captain radioed a distress call when the ship began taking on water about a mile and a half from shore around 10AM on Saturday. It took … Continue reading Spirit Of Massachusetts Runs Aground

Boat Collision in Maine Claims One Life

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — The Coast Guard and the Maine Marine Patrol are investigating the cause of a boat collision between two fishing vessels in which one person died and one person was rescued offshore of Schoodic Point, Maine, Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Dead is Frank Jordan from the fishing vessel Linda Diane. Jordan’s crewman … Continue reading Boat Collision in Maine Claims One Life

New Jersey Pontoon Accident: What is Christopher’s Law?

NJ.com reports that a bill has been introduced in New Jersey dubbed “Christopher’s Law” that would require pontoon rental businesses to notify customers about the dangers of operating the vessels. According to the website, the law is a tribute to a 10-year-old Christopher D’Amico Jr. who was killed in a June pontoon accident on Lake … Continue reading New Jersey Pontoon Accident: What is Christopher’s Law?

Are OUIs Common in Massachusetts?

As we reported in our blog earlier this month, alcohol use is a factor in almost a third of all recreational boating fatalities in our country. Sadly, an investigation by the Boston Herald indicates that state officials may not be targeting drunken boaters enough. According to the news outlet, Massachusetts Environmental Police have made only … Continue reading Are OUIs Common in Massachusetts?

Mass. Ferry Gets Stuck Twice at Sea in One Month Period

According to Professional Mariner, a high-speed catamaran ferry became stranded twice at sea last summer, with one incident requiring employees and passengers to stay on the vessel overnight. The news outlet reported that Boston Harbor Cruises operates the Cetacea, the vessel involved in the incidents, and that the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating why … Continue reading Mass. Ferry Gets Stuck Twice at Sea in One Month Period

Does Maritime Law Apply If I’m Hurt on Land Near the Water?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a form of workers’ comp that provides those who are not members of a vessel crew with compensation if they are injured while working on or near the water, including: Damages for lost body parts Death benefits for surviving dependents Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage … Continue reading Does Maritime Law Apply If I’m Hurt on Land Near the Water?

Could Inadequate Mooring Cause an Allision?

Could Inadequate Mooring Cause an Allision? According collinsdictionary.com, mooring is the act of “dropping a permanent anchor”, and the Meriam-Webster dictionary defines allision as “the action of dashing against or striking upon.” Unfortunately, if the act of mooring has any connection to an allision, it is because the mooring failed to prevent the allision. Near … Continue reading Could Inadequate Mooring Cause an Allision?

Drunk Boater Hits Rock, Sinks Vessel in Boston Harbor

On average, 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. Thankfully, a recreational boating accident that occurred in Boston Harbor in late September did not result in any fatalities. Still, it did leave a vessel sunk in the harbor and … Continue reading Drunk Boater Hits Rock, Sinks Vessel in Boston Harbor

What Causes Ships to Sink?

From the Titanic to the Costa Concordia, when it comes to shipwrecks, there is only one thing that’s for sure: whenever anyone heads out on the water, the last thing they want to happen is to wind up a victim of such a disaster. And by and large, you would think as shipboard technology has … Continue reading What Causes Ships to Sink?

Join Us This Weekend at the Working Waterfront Festival!

Our firm is excited to be taking part in the 10th Annual Working Waterfront Festival, which will run from Saturday, September 27 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) through Sunday, September 28 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) on the Port of New Bedford’s Steamship Pier. (Admission to the festival is free, and free parking for the … Continue reading Join Us This Weekend at the Working Waterfront Festival!

Lobstermen Rescued After Nine Hours in Raft

Even experienced boaters can have mishaps on the water. All it takes is a dark night, some thick fog and an inconveniently positioned rock or two. Two Maine lobstermen spent one terrifying night adrift in an inflatable life raft after their fishing vessel hit a ledge in thick fog last month and quickly sank. The … Continue reading Lobstermen Rescued After Nine Hours in Raft

Towboat Grounding Result of Mate’s Poor Training

Our oceans are one of the most important resources on Earth, and yet many businesses treat them like a dumping ground, allowing poorly trained crews to make avoidable mistakes. Time and again we hear of chemical leakage, oil spills, sunken ships and other atrocities that wreak havoc on the ecosystem and lead to crewmember injuries. … Continue reading Towboat Grounding Result of Mate’s Poor Training

Tougher Penalties for Leaving Scene of Boat Accidents

In New Jersey, state law demands that boat operators involved in an accident stop and help any injured persons, assuming they can do so without risking harm to themselves. A new law just signed into existence raises the stakes for leaving the scene of an accident. If the accident results in a death, fleeing the … Continue reading Tougher Penalties for Leaving Scene of Boat Accidents

Injured Fisherman Airlifted to Safety

BOSTON- Two aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod coordinated the hoist of an injured fisherman from a vessel about 115 miles east of Nantucket around 7p.m., Sunday. The fishing vessel Neves reported to Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that a crewmember had suffered a Injured Fisherman Airlifted to Safetyback injury and needed … Continue reading Injured Fisherman Airlifted to Safety

Man Overboard in Gloucester MA

Boston.com reports that the Coast Guard has suspended its search for a fisherman who fell overboard yesterday morning about 46 miles southeast of Gloucester. The rescue mission consisted of three air searches and the use of three cutters and a 47-foot motorized boat, Meyer said. The 42-year-old single man was onboard the Miss Lindsey II … Continue reading Man Overboard in Gloucester MA

Another Chemical Spill, This Time Asphalt

Another Chemical Spill, This Time Asphalt Nearly 11,000 gallons of asphalt spilled into the Mystic River, near Everett, MA, earlier this month. The Coast Guard is monitoring the cleanup efforts. Apparently this spill was caused by a hose failure, but luckily there have been no known environmental impacts. The liquid asphalt has solidified around the … Continue reading Another Chemical Spill, This Time Asphalt

Can Power Lines Over The Water Be A Safety Hazard?

Can Power Lines Over The Water Be A Safety Hazard? A pair of harbormaster boats were the first to arrive on the scene when a small boat’s mast struck high-tension power lines over the Weweantic River in Massachusetts last month. There were only two people onboard, and both escaped injury. “It’s short of a miracle … Continue reading Can Power Lines Over The Water Be A Safety Hazard?

Fire Disables Tugboat off Rhode Island

Just last week, the 126-foot tugboat Viking was pushing a barge loaded with barrels of gasoline, when an engine fire erupted. The Coast Guard, along with crews from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, responded to distress calls from the disabled tug where it sat helplessly stuck 18 miles east of Rhode Island. The vessel’s onboard fixed … Continue reading Fire Disables Tugboat off Rhode Island

The Owner Of My Ship Ignores Safety Guidelines. What Can I Do?

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that during a November fishing expedition, a 72-foot trawler and its seven-member crew were 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod, when the engineer noticed loose bolts on the stuffing box housing. The whole unit was moving freely with the propulsion shaft. The owner and port engineer advised the onboard engineer … Continue reading The Owner Of My Ship Ignores Safety Guidelines. What Can I Do?

Our Lawyers Help Fisherman Secure $925,000 Settlement

In the wake of an incident that left a fisherman with severe injuries, our firm was able to help him recover a $925,000 settlement. Prior to suffering the injuries, the man was working on a boat owned and operated by the Dona Martita Fishing Co. LLC, which is based out of Massachusetts. The incident that … Continue reading Our Lawyers Help Fisherman Secure $925,000 Settlement

Our Firm Wishes Our Longtime Legal Assistant a Happy Retirement and Thanks Her for 41 Years of Invaluable Service

After 41 years of loyal and excellent service, our longtime administrative assistant, Donna, has retired from the firm. Donna began her career at another law firm, but she made her way to Latti & Anderson LLP after a co-worker from her prior firm recommended it to her. March 2014 marked Donna’s 41st year working at … Continue reading Our Firm Wishes Our Longtime Legal Assistant a Happy Retirement and Thanks Her for 41 Years of Invaluable Service

2014 Commercial Marine Expo Coming to New Bedford June 11-12

2014 Commercial Marine Expo Coming to New Bedford June 11-12 The Commercial Marine Expo is set to return to the State Pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts June 11-12, 2014. As the Atlantic Seaboard’s largest commercial marine trade show, the Commercial Marine Expo offers those in the maritime industry the opportunity to see hundreds of exhibitors, … Continue reading 2014 Commercial Marine Expo Coming to New Bedford June 11-12

Firm Secures $307,500 Settlement for Boating Accident Victim

Our firm was able to secure a $307,500 settlement for a woman who was injured in a boating accident caused by the driver hitting multiple wakes at full speed. Prior to the incident, the woman, her best friend and several other passengers were riding in a vessel being operated by the defendant. They were returning … Continue reading Firm Secures $307,500 Settlement for Boating Accident Victim

Water Taxi and Recreational Boat Collide, Leaving Three Hurt

A collision between a water taxi and a pleasure boat in Maine’s Casco Bay left three injured, according to Professional Mariner. The accident happened on September 7 off the southern quarter of the island of Fort Gorges around 10 p.m. The recreational boat was carrying two people and the water taxi was carrying seven, including … Continue reading Water Taxi and Recreational Boat Collide, Leaving Three Hurt

Who Can I Sue If I Slipped and Fell on a Dock?

For maritime workers, boarding and disembarking a vessel is almost second nature.  In some instance, gangways and ladders will provided to the crew to go back and forth between the vessel; but in many instances no means is provided to the crew. Under maritime law, vessel owners are required to provide workers with a reasonably safe … Continue reading Who Can I Sue If I Slipped and Fell on a Dock?

What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Tanker Accident?

Under maritime laws such as the Jones Act, if you are hurt in a tanker accident due to negligence or unseaworthiness, you are entitled to compensation for lost wages, hospital bills and more. However, proving your employer’s dangerous operations or mistakes led to your injury can often be difficult without the assistance of a qualified … Continue reading What Should I Do If I Was Hurt in a Tanker Accident?

Maine Barge Accident Leads to Damariscotta River Oil Spill

On February 7, a barge sunk into the Damariscotta River leading to an oil spill, according to WCSH NBC 6 in Portland, Maine. The accident happened near an aquaculture farm in the village of Walpole, Maine around 8 a.m. No one was reported to have been injured in the accident. After the accident, the barge … Continue reading Maine Barge Accident Leads to Damariscotta River Oil Spill

What Should I Do If I Am the Victim of a Drunk Boating Accident?

The dangers of drunk boating cannot be overstated. According to an American Boating Association (ABA) article, a Coast Guard study estimates that boat operators with a blood alcohol concentration above 10 percent are estimated to be more than 10 times as likely to be killed in a boating accident as boat operators with zero blood … Continue reading What Should I Do If I Am the Victim of a Drunk Boating Accident?

New Jersey Passing Law Increasing Boating Accident Penalties?

On January 14, a bill cleared the New Jersey state Senate that would toughen the punishment for leaving the scene of a boating accident that results in a serious or fatal injury. According to the Brick Patch, under the current law, aside from being illegal, there is no set penalty for leaving the scene of … Continue reading New Jersey Passing Law Increasing Boating Accident Penalties?

New Jersey Barge Worker Injured When Struck by Boom

A boom crane struck a New Jersey barge worker on January 21 on the Passaic River, causing serious injuries that required emergency rescue teams. According to the Lyndhurst Fire Department, when the worker’s injury was originally called in, it was described as just a “nosebleed.” However, when emergency crews arrived, they found the barge worker … Continue reading New Jersey Barge Worker Injured When Struck by Boom

Massachusetts Man Charged in Boating Accident That Killed 10-Year-Old

A Massachusetts man was convicted on January 20 for the death of a 10-year-old boy in a boating accident that occurred in August 2010. According to prosecutors in the case, Steven Morse was intoxicated when he was operating a powerboat on Norwich Lake at the time of the accident. Morse drove his powerboat into a … Continue reading Massachusetts Man Charged in Boating Accident That Killed 10-Year-Old

New Jersey Snow Storm Sets Hudson River Barges Adrift

Two large construction barges were set loose from the Tappan Zee Bridge on January 3 during a recent snowstorm, causing more scrutiny over the area that has been criticized for safety concerns since a fatal accident last summer. One of the barges made it 15 miles before officials recovered it; the other traveled a shorter … Continue reading New Jersey Snow Storm Sets Hudson River Barges Adrift

Maritime Trial Lawyer: New Hampshire Man Convicted in Fatal Boating Accident

A New Hampshire man has been convicted on two counts of negligent homicide for a fatal boating accident that occurred on Northwood Lake in July 2012. The man was convicted by a jury on December 19 and is being held without bail. After deliberating for three hours, the Rockingham County jury came to an agreement … Continue reading Maritime Trial Lawyer: New Hampshire Man Convicted in Fatal Boating Accident

Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Boston Fisherman

Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Boston Fisherman The Coast Guard called off their search the day after a fisherman went overboard off a Boston fishing boat, F/V LYDIA MAYA,  southeast of Cape Ann, Massachusetts on December 19. The search for the missing fisherman was called off on December 20 after the Coast Guard deployed … Continue reading Coast Guard Ends Search for Missing Boston Fisherman

Fiancé of Woman Killed in Hudson River Boating Accident Sues Operator, Barge Owners

The fiancé of a woman killed in an August boating accident on the Hudson River has sued the operator of the boat at the time of the accident and the owners of the construction barge that the boat collided with. Brian Bond was on the boat at the time of the accident that killed his … Continue reading Fiancé of Woman Killed in Hudson River Boating Accident Sues Operator, Barge Owners

New Jersey Ferry Accident Injures Several On Board, Including Captain

A New Jersey ferry accident on November 30 injured several people on board, including the vessel’s captain. The ferry hit a Jersey City pier 300 yards north of the dock it was traveling to, causing many passengers and crewmembers to fall. Five passengers and two crewmembers, one being the ship’s captain, reported injuries. Three were … Continue reading New Jersey Ferry Accident Injures Several On Board, Including Captain

Wall Street Ferry Crash Victims Reach Settlement

Almost $1 million in damages were awarded this month to victims of the Wall Street ferry accident that occurred January. Ferry operation company SeaStreak settled 40 of the 45 claims against them. Four additional claims were filed in early November. Victims of the ferry accident have filed claims for injuries like knee injuries, shoulder damage … Continue reading Wall Street Ferry Crash Victims Reach Settlement

No-Boating Zones Established on the Hudson River

The U.S. Coast Guard has established no-boating zones on the Hudson River due to construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, where an accident that killed two people and injured three others occurred in July. However, the area where boats will no longer be allowed does not include the actual area where the accident occurred. On … Continue reading No-Boating Zones Established on the Hudson River

13-Year-Old Injured after Massachusetts Boating Accident

13-Year-Old Injured after Massachusetts Boating Accident A 13-year-old boy was critically injured on September 2 when he was struck by a boat while tubing with friends at the Hingham Yacht Club. The boy was riding a tube being pulled by a motorboat with two other teenage friends in a designated water skiing and tubing area … Continue reading 13-Year-Old Injured after Massachusetts Boating Accident

Latti & Anderson Celebrated Massachusetts Fishermen at the Working Waterfront Festival

The maritime law attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP had a great time celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival on September 28 and 29. We handed out over thousand coffee cups and mugs to attendees and scallop knives who stopped by our booth to say hello. The Working Waterfront Festival has … Continue reading Latti & Anderson Celebrated Massachusetts Fishermen at the Working Waterfront Festival

One Dead After Massachusetts Boating Accident on Taunton River

A 47-year-old man died in May when the boat he was riding on slammed into a tree in the Taunton River in Massachusetts. Manuel Pinheiro suffered severe head injuries when the operator, Anthony Rose, of the boat collided with a tree. Rose pleaded not guilty to drunken boating homicide and negligent operation of a boat, … Continue reading One Dead After Massachusetts Boating Accident on Taunton River

Tenth Annual Working Waterfront Festival Begins this Weekend, Latti & Anderson Sponsor Contests

Latti & Anderson LLP will be sponsoring the net mending and scallop shucking contests this weekend at the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford. The net mending contest on September 28 and the scallop shucking contest on September 29 will both offer cash prizes for first through third place. For both, third place will … Continue reading Tenth Annual Working Waterfront Festival Begins this Weekend, Latti & Anderson Sponsor Contests

Jones Act Attorneys Help Injured Fishermen in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. in area, but is the second most densely populated of all 50 states, second only to New Jersey. Rhode Island borders Connecticut and Massachusetts and shares a water boundary with Long Island in New York. One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island has a rich … Continue reading Jones Act Attorneys Help Injured Fishermen in Rhode Island

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