The U.S. Coast Guard had an interesting run-in in 2014 with a man running in an inflatable bubble just off the coast of Miami, Florida. The vessel, which the Coast Guard has named a “HydroPod,” resembles more of a hamster wheel with a transparent plastic bubble in the middle and is made to run on … Continue reading The U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Man in an Inflatable Bubble—Again!
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issued a press release on April 22 stating that the organization made a joint submission with the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to comment about “the apparent failure of some flag states to submit maritime casualty reports to IMO.” The press release stated … Continue reading Jones Act Lawyers Review ICS, IMO Concerns About Casualty Reports
On Monday, we discussed the passengers who were stranded at sea following a fire in the engine room of the Carnival Triumph. It is important to remember that maritime law also protects the crew of cruise ships as well, and this BBC News video discusses five crewmembers who were killed on February 10 during a … Continue reading Five Crewmembers Killed in Lifeboat Drill Accident on THOMSON MAJESTY
Coast Guard Rescues Injured Worker, Crew on Sinking Fishing Vessel On Wednesday, we discussed the US Coast Guard report in which the agency accepted responsibility for a fatal 2009 accident. However, we noted that the Coast Guard’s uncharacteristic negligence in that incident contrasted to the many lives that the agency saves on a daily basis. … Continue reading Coast Guard Rescues Injured Worker, Crew on Sinking Fishing Vessel
A 46-year-old man was airlifted from a New Bedford, Mass., fishing vessel on May 21 after being hit by gear and suffering an injury to his face. The F/V OSPREY was about 98 miles east of Cape Cod when a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the injured man from the vessel. He was flown to … Continue reading Fisherman Suffers Facial Injury
Around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 27, a U.S.-flagged tugboat known as the PATRICE MCALLISTER caught fire in Canadian waters on Lake Ontario with six people aboard. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to the tugboat fire. A Canadian helicopter transported the vessel’s chief engineer to a hospital in Belleville, … Continue reading U.S. Coast Guard Investigating Tugboat Fire
In February, the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in rescuing two men from a fishing vessel that was taking on water. The incident occurred about nine miles east of Kennebunkport, Maine. An 81-foot fishing vessel, known as the PLAN B, began taking on more water than its pumps could handle. The two men on board notified … Continue reading Two Men Rescued from Sinking Fishing Vessel
Coast Guard Rescues Possible Heart Attack Victim from a Fishing Vessel Off the Coast of Mass. The U.S. Coast Guard recently rescued a maritime worker who was experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack while on a fishing vessel about 60 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. The 46-year-old’s symptoms included severe chest pains, heavy breathing, … Continue reading Coast Guard Rescues Possible Heart Attack Victim from a Fishing Vessel Off the Coast of Mass.
In 1920, Congress enacted the Jones Act to establish protections for maritime workers who sustain an injury while working at sea. Seamen cannot receive regular workers’ compensation for job-related injuries, but they do have the option to sue their employer under the Jones Act, as well as under unseaworthiness and defective equipment laws. The Jones … Continue reading Prevailing Under the Jones Act