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Fourth of July Boating Safety Tips

Latti and Anderson LLP expects the Coast Guard to be busy this coming fourth of July based upon Memorial Day numbers. Just in the Mid-Atlantic region of New Jersey to North Carolina, there were 49 search and rescue cases reported in the unofficial summer recreational boating season kickoff.  Latti and Anderson LLP, suggests you follow … Continue reading Fourth of July Boating Safety Tips

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 … Continue reading FERRY IYANOUGH CRASHES OFF OF HYANNIS

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

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 … Continue reading Should I talk to an Insurance Company After a Maritime Accident?

Is Indoor Air Pollution Hurting Maritime Workers?

Indoor air pollution may be two to five times (and in some cases as much as 100 times) more dangerous to people than outdoor air pollution, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Unfortunately, according to a recent article in Professional Mariner, maritime workers are the victims of indoor air pollution more often than … Continue reading Is Indoor Air Pollution Hurting Maritime Workers?

Crews Rescued Following Multi-Vessel Dredging Accident

In the middle of any kind of major accident or disaster, the most important thing is to save as many lives and prevent as many injuries as possible. However, in the wake of such an event, the focus often shifts to helping victims put their lives back together, figuring out what caused the incident and … Continue reading Crews Rescued Following Multi-Vessel Dredging Accident

Bolivar Peninsula Traffic Halted Following Dredging Accident

Bolivar Peninsula Traffic Halted Following Dredging Accident Just like our highways, even shipping lanes become clogged with traffic from time to time. And similar to our roadways, those traffic jams are often caused by accidents. Recently, a dredging accident off the coast of Galveston, Texas held up traffic in the shipping lanes of the Bolivar … Continue reading Bolivar Peninsula Traffic Halted Following Dredging Accident

What Happens When Cars Crash on a Ferry?

Unforeseen accidents can happen at any time on a ferry; crews must be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes, even the best trained crew can only stand by helplessly as a passenger does something no one could have prepared for. Earlier this month, when a driver aboard one of the vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry … Continue reading What Happens When Cars Crash on a Ferry?

Why Did a Recreational Boat Burst Into Flames?

Some boaters think life jackets are too cumbersome, and only necessary for “other people.” This kind of arrogance is bound to cause problems. Everyone should put on a life jacket before starting their boat’s engine. Just last month, for example, a boat burst into flames when its owner turned the ignition key. Authorities in Oklahoma … Continue reading Why Did a Recreational Boat Burst Into Flames?

Are Groundings of Massive Freighters Inevitable or Avoidable?

Are Groundings of Massive Freighters Inevitable or Avoidable? Many cargo ship accidents are preventable, when ship owners follow proper safety precautions and properly train their crews in safety regulations. Injuries and wrongful deaths are often prevented on vessels with sufficient staffing, proper maintenance and safety training. Earlier this month, the motor vessel American Spirit ran … Continue reading Are Groundings of Massive Freighters Inevitable or Avoidable?

Connecticut Man Arrested After Drunk Boating Accident

Connecticut Man Arrested After Drunk Boating Accident Here at Latti & Anderson LLP, we have said it before, and we will keep saying it until people start to understand: drinking while boating is stupid and dangerous. Doing so not only puts boaters’ own lives at risk, it risks the lives of anyone else around them. … Continue reading Connecticut Man Arrested After Drunk Boating Accident

Girl Dies in Tubing Accident on Long Island Sound

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The waterfront in Greenwich CT is always popular with teenagers for boating and water sports during the heat of the summer. Teens are allowed to operate a boat without parental supervision so long as they have a state-issued safe boating certificate. Every now and then, though, something goes catastrophically wrong, reminding all of us of … Continue reading Girl Dies in Tubing Accident on Long Island Sound

Tragedy Averted as Three People on Missing Boat Found Next Day

From the Atlantic Seaboard to Southern California, we all love to go out on the water. Too often, though, people are in such a rush to push off from the dock that they fail to consider their own safety needs. Especially when boating at night, every boater needs the proper safety equipment and the proper … Continue reading Tragedy Averted as Three People on Missing Boat Found Next Day

Passengers Stranded on Riverboat

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Boating safety plays a huge role for every craft on the water, no matter how large or small. We must always bear that in mind, even when we board a historic paddleboat for a scenic tour. Things can go wrong, and we need to be prepared for every eventuality. Recently, almost 300 people were stranded … Continue reading Passengers Stranded on Riverboat

Is Sexual Assault on Cruise Ships a Common Experience?

Cruise lines generally sell promises of safe and happy days on the water, far away from such mundane problems as traffic, yard work or crime. But the cruise industry has been rocked in recent years by a number of incidents of sexual assault. Testifying before Congress, Laurie Dishman revealed that a crew member raped her … Continue reading Is Sexual Assault on Cruise Ships a Common Experience?

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

New Boating Safety Law Passes in New York

A new state law passed in New York requires boaters to take a safe-boating course. It applies to anyone born after May 1996 — which means that this year, every 18-year-old (or younger) boater must be certified. Violations can result in fines of up to $250. Officials say it is not just the requirement, but … Continue reading New Boating Safety Law Passes in New York

Could Improved Training Help Lower Accident Rates?

Could Improved Training Help Lower Accident Rates? DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, has declared the dire need for a massive reduction in the number of accidents occurring throughout the shipping industry. Tor Svensen, president of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, announced that a trend which had been improving is … Continue reading Could Improved Training Help Lower Accident Rates?

Join Us At The Commercial Marine Expo Today

We are at the Commercial Marine Expo today, and it is amazing! There are so many wonderful people, exhibits and demonstrations going on—if you are in the area, why not come on down to the State Pier in New Bedford? We will be here until 4 p.m., and all day tomorrow! As we mentioned last … Continue reading Join Us At The Commercial Marine Expo Today

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