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

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

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

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!

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

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?

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

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 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?

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

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

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

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

Latti & Anderson Helps the Working Waterfront Festival Celebrate 10 Years

Latti & Anderson LLP will be sponsoring two contests at the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival this year as the festival celebrates its ten-year anniversary September 28 and 29. Our maritime law firm will be sponsoring the net mending contest on September 28 and the scallop shucking contest September 29. Both contests start at noon and … Continue reading Latti & Anderson Helps the Working Waterfront Festival Celebrate 10 Years

Latti & Anderson Sponsoring Contests at the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival

Latti & Anderson LLP will be sponsoring both the net mending and scallop shucking contests at the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival this weekend, September 28 and 29. The festival is held in New Bedford, the largest commercial fishing port in the U.S. and celebrates the man and women harvesting the North Atlantic. Latti & Anderson … Continue reading Latti & Anderson Sponsoring Contests at the Massachusetts Working Waterfront Festival

Drunken Boaters Drawing Extra Attention From Massachusetts Harbormasters

Now that summer is in full swing, hitting the water has become an almost weekly regimen for many recreational boaters in Massachusetts and around the country. Unfortunately, as nice as it can be to cool off in the water on a hot summer day, the increased traffic on the water often leads to an increase … Continue reading Drunken Boaters Drawing Extra Attention From Massachusetts Harbormasters

Jones Act Lawyers Help Massachusetts Fishermen, Maritime Workers

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the most populous of the six states that make up the New England region of the United States. The Bay State is known for its lobster, scallops and commercial groundfishing industries. Ports in Massachusetts include the Port of Boston, Port of Fall River, Port of New Bedford, Beverly Harbor, Cape … Continue reading Jones Act Lawyers Help Massachusetts Fishermen, Maritime Workers

Crewmember Suffers Injuries to the Face Off the Coast of Nantucket

NANTUCKET, Mass. – The Coast Guard is conducting a MEDEVAC of a crewman from the sailing vessel Bombardino about 140 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., June 29, 2010. The Coast Guard was notified via satellite phone at about 6:35 a.m., that the crewmember had suffered injuries to the face after he was struck by the … Continue reading Crewmember Suffers Injuries to the Face Off the Coast of Nantucket

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