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Blogs Posted in August

8 29

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U.S. Ships Facing Tighter Regulations

This year has been the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. The largest of the spills occurred on March 22 nd when a collision in the Houston Ship Channel spilled 168,000 gallons of oil from a barge and closed the ship channel for three days. With export traffic on the rise and the size of vessels constantly increasing, the Coast Guard plans to issue new regulations that would require ...
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8 27

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Arnold & Itkin News
On Wednesday afternoon, Arnold & Itkin, LLP maritime attorney Noah Wexler recently filed a lawsuit against Gulf Oceanic Marine Contractors. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Louisiana resident who was employed by the defendant. While working as a deckhand on a tug boat, the plaintiff slipped down a flight of stairs and suffered injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. Having already received ...
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8 22

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Offshore Injuries, Jones Act
When a maritime worker is injured offshore, companies often take steps to minimize their potential exposure for paying money damages right away. Some companies have coerced injured workers into signing documents, providing recorded statements or visiting a hired-gun, company doctor in order to better protect the company from a potential lawsuit. Workers like to think that their company has their ...
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8 20

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Arnold & Itkin News
Arnold & Itkin recently won a $2.25 million settlement for an offshore worker who was hurt off the cost of Louisiana. The settlement will guarantee that his medical and financial expenses will be covered going forward. Our client worked as an operator. While performing maintenance during his second hitch, he was shocked and knocked unconscious. When he fell, our client suffered a severe neck ...
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8 18

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News, Offshore Accidents

Shrimp Boat Capsizes Near Baytown

On Monday afternoon, a privately owned shrimp boat ("Mr. Anthony") capsized near Baytown in Cedar Bayou. According to the most recent reports, the overturning of the boat occurred just three miles from the Fred Hartman Bridge and was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard at approximately 3:30 p.m. Currently, search crews are working from boats and helicopter alike in an effort to search for one ...
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8 18

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Offshore Fires, News
On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that a crew member aboard a chemical tanker 700 miles off of the coast of Oregon had died when an engine-room fire disabled the tanker. The fire was extinguished, but the ship was unable to move due to damage to its generators. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. The Coast Guard arrived on Friday to assist the remaining 21 crew members to safety. ...
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8 14

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Boat Accident, Crane Accidents

Tugboat Captain Killed In Crane Accident

In the early hours of Thursday morning, an accident on the Industrial Canal, which connects the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, Louisiana, lead to fatal injuries to a 46 yeard old tugboat captain. The captain was killed when a crane fell on his boat while he passed under the Florida Avenue Bridge. According to early reports, the captain was pushing a crane barge. When ...
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8 6

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Deepwater Horizon, Oil Spill
Several months ago after having its appeal of the settlement agreement rejected by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, BP made its intention known that the company would take its appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. On Friday, August 2 nd , BP officially filed its petition with the United States Supreme Court. The petition asks the Supreme Court to dismantle the current settlement agreement ...
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