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Training for Well Workers

Workers that are in the offshore drilling industry should undergo adequate training so that they are fully equipped to take on the responsibility of their position. Training should develop the role specific skills that workers need for full cycle well integrity and crew resource management. Some professionals believe that all key industry personnel should be required to obtain certification for ...
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News, El Faro
It has been a little over four months since the El Faro went missing on October 1, 2015. Even after extensive search and investigation efforts, not all the pieces of the tragic incident have been put together. What actually caused the vessel to sink? What was going on in those last minutes amidst Hurricane Joaquin’s thrashing winds? Many believe the key to these answers is still missing—and can be ...
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Oil Spills Cause Offshore Injuries

When working on oil rigs and platforms, offshore workers constantly face the grave potential of sustaining a serious job-related injury. Whether aboard a ship, towboat, rig, crew boat, jack-up rig, or commercial maritime vessel, the type of labor that is regularly demanded of these workers can often be dangerous, putting them in the way of harm. Complications & Illnesses Caused by Offshore Oil ...
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Maritime Law

What Is Admiralty Law?

Admiralty law is a body of laws, treaties, and conventions that govern all offshore activity. This may include: The shipping of goods Crimes on the open seas Personal injuries suffered by seamen Various other matters History of Maritime Law More commonly known as maritime law , admiralty has a rich history that can be traced all the way back to 500 AD, if not earlier. One of the first mentions of ...
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Piracy off of the Coast of Somalia

Most people think that piracy is an antiquated problem without any sort of modern day presence. This is not the case. Unfortunately, maritime piracy is still alive and well in some parts of the world. Most recently, piracy off of the coast of Somalia has drawn widespread media attention. Widespread Problems Caused by Piracy Near Somalia In recent years, Somalia has become a high risk area for ...
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Port of Mobile: Largest Port in Alabama

Dedicated in 1928, the Port of Mobile is one of the oldest and largest ports in Alabama, boasting four million square feet of warehouses and open yards. The highly trafficked location deals with millions of tons of goods per year, importing and exporting containers, coal, lumber, iron, steel, and chemicals. While extremely productive, the port can also play host to numerous accidents and injuries. ...
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News, Oil Companies
As the prices for oil have dropped, so have the orders for offshore drilling rigs. In response to this decrease in demand, Hyundai Heavy Industries has been forced to temporarily shut down its rig construction yard in Onsan, South Korea. The company is one of the world’s largest builders of offshore drilling rigs, and their rigs are used prominently in oil and gas operations around the globe. With ...
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Barge Accident

What Is a Spud Barge?

The offshore and maritime industries are full of unique pieces of equipment, workstations, and job titles. Understanding these aspects can help workers and their loved ones better understand their positions. For example, a spud barge is a type of barge that is moored by using through-deck pilings or steel shafts, which are commonly referred to as spuds (hence the name). There are number types of ...
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Jones Act
Offshore injuries are often very serious. Whether on the job or at a friend’s home, getting injured while on the water can quickly complicate things. In the case of floating homes, it is important to determine what is and isn’t a “vessel” so that the appropriate action can be taken if an injury occurs. Recent changes to the law have narrowed what constitutes a vessel. Why does this matter? Under ...
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The sinking of the El Faro last year was a tragedy that has not soon been forgotten. Taking the lives of all crewmembers on board, the devastating incident has been all the more frustrating for families due to the little action taken by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation to prevent similar tragedies from occurring. Senator Bill Nelson recently asked the National ...
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Just under two weeks before Christmas of 2015, the small crew aboard tugboat Spence braved a narrow escape from the sinking vessel. Tugboat Spence was en route to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from Cartagena Colombia, pulling a barge behind it. Before setting sail, the tugboat had undergone a few repairs and inspection before it was declared seaworthy for the voyage. By the second day of the trip, the ...
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The seasoned maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have filed on a case on behalf of a cargo inspector who suffered serious injuries on a Kirby barge—the largest domestic tank barge operator in the U.S. who prides itself on maintaining "safety first." The worker slipped and fell on the deck of the barge due to the presence of a slippery substance. As a result of his fall, the cargo inspector severely ...
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Certain risks are increased for offshore oil workers during the colder winter months. According to data from the World Offshore Accident Dataset (WOAD) of DNV, accidents in the North Sea—where natural daylight can occur as little as four hours a day during the winter—saw a slight uptick during the winter season. It may be surmised that other offshore workers face similarly increased risks. It is ...
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In October 2015, Joaquin became the most deadly hurricane since Sandy. While the hurricane never brushed the U.S., it claimed the lives of 33 crewmembers of the El Faro . The tragedy of El Faro has left loved ones, family members, and experts with many unanswered questions. The search for the vessel took place in the Bermuda Triangle, shrouded in a mystery of its own—why did the ship sail into the ...
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