Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly Features Experienced Maritime Attorney Carolyn M. Latti

A recent ruling from a U.S. District Court determined that Massachusetts courts do not have personal jurisdiction over the Panama owner and Singapore operator of a container ship that damaged a MassPort terminal.  Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly featured experienced maritime attorney Carolyn M. Latti’s take on the matter. “We see it in our cases on the…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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