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Maritime Piracy
For sailors who were coasting off the oil-laden southern delta of Nigeria, Christmas day brought nothing to celebrate. As reported by the Washington Post, four of the sailors aboard the tug boat Asso Ventuno, were kidnapped on Sunday night, right on the eve of Christmas. The offshore tugboat was reportedly coasting near Nigeria's Bayelsa state when it was attacked by pirates armed with guns. Three ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
The maritime lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Louisiana rigger who was injured on the job. The client was involved in a bad accident in which he injured his neck. The rigger was employed on an ice-breaking ship called the NORDICA. While the ship was off the coast of Louisiana, the worker was moving a heavy crane cable but did not have the proper assistance. This lack of ...
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West Delta 32 Fire

West Delta 32 Deaths Total Three

Three crew members have died as a result of the West Delta 32 explosion and fire, news sources report. According to one article , the Philippine Embassy in Washington announced the death of another West Delta 32 platform worker. The platform worker went missing after the explosion and was discovered several days ago about 2.5 mils off of the Grand Isle coast. Although the body was identified by ...
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West Delta 32 Fire
The smoke from the West Delta 32 platform fire has cleared, but the facts surrounding the accident remain cloudy. Last week, a fire broke out on the inoperative oil platform, leaving several workers injured and two missing. Initial reports from the Coast Guard and news articles indicated that that anywhere from four to 11 workers were injured in the explosion and that two others were not accounted ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents, News

Stomach Bug Cripples Cruise Ship Passengers

The cruise industry’s worst nightmare has come true for 350 passengers of a Celebrity Cruises cruise ship that has suffered an outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug. Norovirus is a highly contagious bug that is contracted by ingesting small amounts of food or water contaminated with fecal matter. Symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea; patients suffering from the illness can become very sick if ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Lawsuit Filed for Jones Act Seaman

Arnold & Itkin LLP attorneys Jason Itkin , Cory Itkin and Noah Wexler recently filed a lawsuit for a Jones Act worker who was injured on the job. The man hails from New Iberia, Louisiana and was injured in an accident that took place just off the coast of Louisiana The seaman was working as a floorhand on the AXXIS INDEPENDENCE handling drilling tongs when he was involved in an accident that ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Lawsuit Filed for Injured Jones Act Worker

Arnold & Itkin LLP recently filed a lawsuit for an injured Jones Act worker who was involved in an accident while working on a barge in the inland waters of Louisiana. The seaman was commissioned as part of a crew that was attempting to lift a derrick During the operation, the seaman's employer ordered him to walk across a deck that was slippery with oil. The worker followed orders, but slipped ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
The maritime attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin recently filed a case on behalf of an ILA #24 longshoreman who was injured in an accident while performing his job duties. The longshoreman was involved in an accident that occurred while he was in the container ship's hold, unloading cargo from the ship. While the longshoreman was in the hold, the ship's mate closed a hatch door which made the ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a suit for a seaman who was injured while performing his job duties. Our client is protected by the Jones Act and we are seeking the damages he is entitled to through this. At the time of the accident, the plaintiff was transporting a pipe when he tripped and fell on an obstruction on the walkaway. The man ...
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Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon
The preliminary results of the Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) investigation into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and subsequent oil spill (the worst offshore accident recorded in U.S. history) have faulted BP and Transocean for the disaster. Essentially, the report concludes, by focusing on the wrong indicators of safety, the two companies, and the offshore industry in general, allowed ...
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Offshore Accidents
On June 27, just one week after a deadly boat capsized near Christmas Island killed more than 90 passengers, a second boat filled with individuals seeking asylum in Australia capsized. Of the 134 people on board, mostly women and children, four drowned and the rest were rescued. The Australian Customs and Border Protection Authority reported that the vessel capsized about 115 miles south of the ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Jones Act Suit Filed Against Hercules Offshore

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured seaman. The suit is being filed against the man's employer, Hercules Offshore, for an accident in which he severely injured his shoulder. He was working on a jackup rig, assisting in drilling operations, when his co-worker knocked him down. The impact of the fall caused ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit on behalf of an injured seaman. The man was working for the Texas company Seacor Marine when he was injured from being struck by an exhaust pipe while performing his job duties in the engine room of the NRC Liberty. He reported the incident to the company and received aid from Seacor Marine's doctor, but ...
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Harbor Workers
Several representatives of the maritime industry proposed legislation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on June 20 that would require ports and ships to weigh loaded containers before shipping them out. Current regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Seas (SOLAS) dictate that the shipper who loads goods into a container must provide an accurate ...
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Offshore Accidents
A barge worker sustained a serious injury on June 5 th when a one-and-a-half-inch-diameter barge line snapped and hit him in the head, knocking him to the ground. Rescue workers were taken to the barge in a pontoon boat, and a flat board was used to secure the injured man as he was hoisted onto a lock wall and taken to hospital by ambulance, where he was found to be in critical condition. The ...
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Jones Act

Workboat, Barge and Dredging Vessel Accidents

When working offshore, there are many different types of vessels on which you may find employment. On each of these vessels, employees face different hazards which may cause serious injury: Workboats Workboats are vessels used for commercial purposes. Many different types of accidents can occur on workboats, including: Accidents involving towboats, push boats, tugboats, and barges along inland ...
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Wrongful Death, News

Recreational Boat Crash Kills Former Ohio Mayor

James Seney, the former mayor of Sylvania, Ohio, was killed in a boat crash on June 2 in Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario. Another passenger onboard was also killed, and a third was critically injured, but in stable condition. The accident occurred in the early evening, as the three men were heading back to shore for dinner. The boat apparently malfunctioned, causing the vessel to crash ...
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Louisiana man Dies in Offshore Drilling Accident

A man from Erath, Louisiana was killed while working on a drilling rig off the coast of Mozambique on June 3. The accident occurred on the Deepwater Millenium drillship, owned by Transocean, around 1:20 in the morning. The drillship is involved in testing operations at a new site discovered by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation off the shores of Mozambique. The victim, Joshua Punch, was a 35 year old ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Claim Filed on Behalf of Jones Act Seaman

Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin recently filed a suit on behalf of an injured Jones Act seaman in Jefferson County, Texas. The Plaintiff contacted Arnold & Itkin after he was injured while performing his job duties on a fishing vessel that was off the coast of Texas at the time. While he was working on board, hydraulic fluid and oil lines ruptured in ...
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Cruise Ship Accidents

Cruise Industry Adopts New Safety Standards

In the wake of several highly publicized cruise ship accidents this year, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC) announced this week that they are adopting three new safety policies to be immediately implemented by the industry. Suggestions for the new standards came from an industry Operational Safety Review launched after the Costa Concordia ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin are proud to announce that they filed a suit in Harris County, Texas for a worker who was injured while performing her job duties off the coast of Louisiana. The plaintiff sustained serious injuries because she was forced to unload debris from a vessel on her own. The weight of the material she was forced to move ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin of the maritime injury firm, Arnold & Itkin LLP, recently filed a Jones Act lawsuit on behalf of an injured Newton, Texas engineer. The man was aboard a crew boat, working as an engineer, when the vessel ran aground in Sabine Pass just outside of Port Arthur, Texas. At the time of the collision, the seaman was thrown from his chair and suffered serious neck and ...
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Offshore Injuries
In recent years, the majority of offshore operators in the Gulf of Mexico have adopted a Stop Work Authority (SWA) policy. SWA gives every individual, no matter what their level of seniority, the responsibility and authority to stop work at any time if they notice an unsafe condition or act that could result in an undesirable event. But is this policy really meant to protect workers, or does it ...
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Costa Concordia
A shipwreck that occurred more than a month ago continues to plague the families, loved ones, friends, etc. of those who innocently lost their lives on the fateful day of January 13, 2012. The Costa Concordia cruise ship struck rock just off the shore of Isola del Giglio close to Italy and disaster immediately ensued. However, unlike other disasters that are catastrophic but short-lived, this one ...
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Whistleblower Claims

Speaking Up to Keep Our Land Clean

On a recent routine Coast Guard inspection of a Maltese cargo ship docked in Baltimore, a brave third engineer secretly passed a note to the chief inspector. Inside the note, he revealed that the crew of the boat were illegally dumping oily water and sludge overboard, a fact the Coast Guard officer would never have known without being explicitly told. The crewmember, now considered a ...
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