For a Port Bienville maritime worker, potential hazards are faced on a daily basis. Working on any maritime vessel can be dangerous. The nature of the work itself is physical and involves operating or being in close proximity to heavy machinery. A single mistake or act of carelessness may lead to a serious offshore accident. Getting legal help is one of the most important things an injured seaman or maritime worker can do. By contacting a maritime attorney, an injured worker can find out what right to compensation he or she may have. The worker's employer or the owner of the vessel may be held liable for medical bills, lost earnings, room and board, and possibly more.
You can get experienced legal counsel from an offshore injury lawyer at Arnold & Itkin LLP. At our firm, we have represented hundreds of injured seamen and families of maritime workers who have lost their lives in offshore accidents. We have negotiated fair settlements and won considerable jury awards on behalf of the injured, totaling billions of dollars. Our attorneys and support staff are aggressive, knowledgeable, and always willing to go the extra mile to seek the best possible result for a client. You can find out more about how we can assist you by calling for a free consultation—we will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Port Bienville, part of the Port Bienville Industrial Park, is owned and operated by the Hancock County Development Commission. This is a shallow draft port at the southeastern portion of the state of Mississippi on the Gulf of Mexico. A 12-foot channel connects Port Bienville to the Mississippi Sound and Intracoastal Waterway.
The 3,600-acre industrial park and port boasts 18 industries and 5 barge berths, offering:
Major tenants at the port include:
Port Bienville, MS has its own railroad—the Port Bienville Shortline Railroad—which connects with CSX Transportation. The port's access road connects directly to U.S. Highway 90 about 10 miles from Interstate 10, and 18 miles from the intersection of Interstates 10, 12, and 59. Adjacent to the industrial park is the Stennis International Airport, a general aviation airport.
The Sun Herald reported in July 2010 that BP is negotiating with the Hancock County Development Commission to lease 10 acres at Port Bienville to be used as a staging area for cleanup work from the catastrophic BP oil disaster. Materials would be brought to Port Bienville by boat or barge, to be cleaned or otherwise readied for further shipping by truck.
Port Bienville, Mississippi is in Bay Saint Louis, the county seat of Hancock County. Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is bordered by the Mississippi Sound and St. Louis Bay. Both large bodies of water flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Port Bienville is on Mississippi's West Coast, an area well-known for extraordinary Gulf vistas, fishing, golfing, boating, water-sporting opportunities, and pristine beaches. Hancock County is centrally located on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, between the cities of Biloxi and New Orleans. Residents and businesses have easy access to these major metropolitan areas.
The mild climate of the Mississippi Gulf Coast has long attracted tourists and industry alike. The annual average temperature is 68, ranging from a 30-year average of 52 in the coldest month to 82 in the hottest month. NASA-Stennis Space Center, NASA's largest rocket engine test facility, is in Hancock County because it was possible to create barge access here -- the rocket motors to be tested for Apollo were too large for overland transport.
The Jones Act, general maritime law, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and other state and federal laws protect the rights of seamen and maritime workers who have been injured or fallen ill on the job. Our attorneys see it as our mission to protect these rights to the fullest extent in order to help the injured begin rebuilding and moving on with their lives.
Whether you have a case related to a jack-up rig accident, maritime piracy, oil platform injury or wrongful death claim—even if the incident occurred in foreign waters—you can count on our knowledge and experience. We are prepared to see what legal action we can take on your behalf to seek and recover fair compensation.
Arnold & Itkin represented nearly a third of the crewmembers injured in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.