Cargo ships are large vessels used to transport cargo from one port to another. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that cargo ships brought in and transported out around 975 million tons of cargo worth hundreds of billions of dollars in a recent year (2012). As the industry continues to grow, more and more workers are brought onto cargo ships. Accidents involving cargo ships can be extremely dangerous. The large size of such vessels makes even the smallest collision or accident deadly.
Other types of accidents that can occur on container or cargo ships include:
Because these ships are used for loading and offloading goods and materials, they usually come equipped with things like cranes that can handle the heavy loads. Machine accidents can also lead to serious injuries.
Cargo ships can take on the form of tankers, container ships, dry-bulk carriers, and multipurpose vessels. General cargo vessels can sometimes carry chemicals and other unstable substances. Tankers are the types of cargo ships that carry petroleum and some other types of liquid. Workers can be injured in a number of different accidents, all of which can often result in severe injuries. Not only is there a risk of accident while working on these ships, but there is also a risk of maritime piracy. Cargo ships carry valuable goods that, depending on what waters the vessel is traveling in, can fall victim to attacks of piracy. Those who work on cargo ships are at risk of injury on a daily basis.
Accidents involving these vessels result in catastrophic damages such as:
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to a cargo accident, do not hesitate to obtain legal counsel. The team at Arnold & Itkin has the experience and insight to help with your case.
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