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Offshore Accidents
It is no secret that offshore vessels are dangerous places to work. One of the biggest hazards on many offshore vessels is work that must be performed in a confined space. In addition to hazards that are present in open spaces such as being struck by an object, confined spaces contain additional unique hazards. Even hazards that are minor in open spaces can become exacerbated by conditions in a ...
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Maritime Law

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Maritime litigation (sometimes known as admiralty law) is a broad area of law dealing with disputes, accidents, or legal claims taking place offshore or in international waters. Interestingly, maritime law in the U.S. is the only practice area that predates the Constitution. As a result, the structure of laws regarding the sea and open water often does not resemble their land counterparts. The ...
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Transfer Risks Offshore Workers Face The Gulf of Mexico is filled with lift boats, jack up rigs , drilling rigs, and platforms . These structures are all necessary for the retrieval of gas and oil from the region's rich mineral deposits. In order to transfer workers to and from their jobsites, many companies use personnel baskets or Billy Pugh baskets to get the job done. As any worker who has ...
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Arnold & Itkin News
The maritime attorneys at Arnold & Itkin filed a lawsuit recently on behalf of an Arizona man who was injured while he was aboard a fishing yacht. Our client was on the second deck of the yacht when the captain of the vessel came to an abrupt stop while traveling at a high speed. The force of the stop caused our client to fall to the floor of the second deck. During his fall, he hit his head on a ...
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At approximately 1:20 a.m. on Monday, two eastbound Kirby Inland Marine barges and two westbound Enterprise Marine Services barges collided at mile marker 349 near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas. The two Kirby barges had been being pushed by the tug Capt. Shorty C; the other barges were being pushed by the tug Jackie. According to a U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer, the accident occurred after one of ...
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The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex located on the southeast side of Houston. It connects to the Gulf of Mexico and is the country’s busiest port for foreign exports. In terms of total tonnage, it is the country’s second busiest port, trailing only the Port of South Louisiana. The port traffics over 200 million tons of goods each year. Port of Houston Statistics No. of major cargo ...
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Mooring operations are one of the most important jobs offshore crew members perform; however, they are also one of the most difficult and dangerous jobs. If proper safety protocols are not followed, workers are at risk of suffering severe injuries that can even be fatal. Dangers in the Mooring Operation A vessel’s mooring area contains equipment and systems such as hydraulic motors, winches, ...
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Established in 1969, Kirby Inland Marine is a subsidiary of Kirby Corporation. It operates the largest inland tank barge and towing vessel fleet in the United States. At last count, the company had 884 inland tank barges and 247 towing vessels that navigate inland waterways such as the Mississippi River systems, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, and the Illinois and Ohio Rivers. The fleet is used for ...
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Helicopter accidents are widely used to transport maritime workers to and from offshore platforms and for emergency and medical evacuations. Their maneuverability, speed, and ability to land on small platforms make them the most efficient method of transportation. However, being the most efficient does not necessarily mean the safest as well. Common Causes of Helicopter Accidents Most offshore ...
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