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Blogs Posted in January

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Costa Concordia
The Costa Concordia disaster which happened more than two weeks ago continues to plague officials and the end is still far from sight. Adverse weather conditions off the Tuscan coast have systematically halted recovery operations that were under way to begin unloading 500,000 gallons of fuel from the shipwrecked vessel. Now, it is expected to take up to 10 months before the aftermath of the wreck ...
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Maritime Piracy

Danger for Workers in the Horn of Africa

On Wednesday, the daring rescue of two hostages being held by Somali pirates once again reminds us of the dangers of working offshore in the Horn of Africa . Though the American and Danish citizen were rescued without any casualties to the team of US special-forces dispatched to free them, experts say the raid is unlikely to deter future acts of maritime piracy . In fact, an American journalist, a ...
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News
On Friday, a million dollar fine was given to the Miami River Marine Cargo Shipping Company connected to the Titan Express – a vessel found to be leaking oil and fuel in excess from its engine. In addition, the company, Antillean Marine, was sentenced to five years of probation time for the pollution that its spillage caused. The leakage was discovered by members of the Coast Guard when they ...
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The latest news regarding the Costa Concordia tragedy has shifted focus from Captain Francesco Schettino to the American based cruise line in operation of the ship. As the search continues for passengers who remain missing from the shipwrecked vessel, new information is shedding light on the disaster. Now, rather than focusing on the cruise liner's captain, primary focus is on why more than an ...
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For recovery teams, time is running out as inclement weather makes it way towards the resting place of the Costa Concordia ; the storm is expected to bring with it winds of up to 30 knots and 1.5 meter waves to the west site of the island of Giglio. Even though the ship is located on the east, many are concerned that storm could force the ship – which is already resting precariously after slipping ...
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Ship Collision in the Straits of Gibraltar

Yet another ship collision occurred last week off Italy's Coast in the Straits of Gibraltar, this time between a high speed ferry and a merchant ferry. The high speed ferry Millennium Dos was carrying 174 passengers, 37 vehicles and 4 freight units at the time when it was hit by New Glory, a merchant freighter. As a result of the high-impact collision, a massive hole was cut in the starboard side ...
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Rescue Operations on Costa Cruise Ship Suspended

Five days after the initial crash, with several passengers still unaccounted for, rescue workers were forced to suspend search operations onboard the Costa Concordia after the ship shifted slightly on the rocks where it ran aground. Early in the morning on Wednesday January 18, instruments attached to the Concordia detected the slight shift, even though search and rescue crews working above water ...
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Four days after the initial crash, the search for survivors of the Costa Concordia tragedy remains ongoing. On Tuesday, January 17, divers were able to find five more bodies (four men and one woman), which raised the official death toll to eleven. This, however, leaves twenty-four more people who are still unaccounted for – a tragedy that has affected all nationalities as before the five bodies ...
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Early Monday rescue missions have been halted on the Costa Concordia , as rough seas contributed with the shifting from the rescues were raising alarm that fuel could start leaking from the vessel. There is an estimated 500,000 gallons aboard and many are worried that this could start to spill into the ocean – which happens to be a dolphin sanctuary right off the Giglio coast. There have been a ...
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On Friday, January 13, on the first day of its week-long Mediterranean cruise, an Italian cruise ship called the Costa Concordia ran aground near the reef off of Isola del Giglio. There was an estimated 2,300 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard the ship – 123 of those being Americans. Officially, five people have been confirmed as dead, sixty have been injured and there are still an estimated ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Case Filed Against Hercules by Arnold & Itkin

A suit has been filed against Hercules by Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin on behalf of a seaman who had been injured while working offshore. The plaintiff had been made to work with defective chain tongs which resulted in him suffering substantial injuries. Our firm has since filed the case which is now pending in the 334th Judicial District of Harris County, Texas. ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a case against RLB Contracting which is currently pending in Cameron County, Texas. Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin are representing a plaintiff who was working with a winch wheel when he sustained serious injuries to his foot, shoulder and lower back. Our maritime attorneys at the firm are prepared to do ...
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Arnold & Itkin LLP has recently filed a case in Galveston County Court at Law No. 2 regarding an offshore worker who was injured while working. The plaintiff sustained debilitating injuries to his shoulder when another employee shifted a large water pump onto him – causing the weight to deal serious, and likely permanent, damage. Since the incident, the plaintiff has undergone surgery and is ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have recently taken on a case involving a seaman who had suffered a crush injury after a piece of equipment slid from its position to strike another piece of equipment. Since the incident, the plaintiff has undergone multiple procedures on his hand and has since lost parts of his fingers. The case is now pending in Harris County, TX and ...
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Arnold & Itkin News

Arnold & Itkin Attorneys File Maritime Suit

A case was recently filed against Cal Dive regarding an injury that was sustained when a Jones Act seaman was working offshore. The seaman had been instructed to manually pull up hoses and suffered an injury to his lower back in the process; it was later discovered that those hoses had been attached to underwater machinery that had been in use during a diving operation. The case was filed by ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
Attorney Kurt Arnold and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have recently filed a suit on behalf of an injured seaman. The plaintiff had been working on tightening a winch with a cheater pipe when he suffered a serious and debilitating neck injury. The case has since been filed against Kirby Marine and Marquette Transportation and is currently pending in Corpus Christi, TX in the County Court at ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
A former army veteran was employed and working aboard a Chevron platform offshore when he suffered severe injuries. While working, the Lafayette, Louisiana man had been near an older valve that was leaking; this valve caused a blowout and the plaintiff suffered serious shoulder, arm and neck injuries. Attorneys Jason Itkin and Cory Itkin from Arnold & Itkin LLP took on the case and have filed suit ...
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