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Maritime Law
As technology continues to advance, the ability to automate many processes is becoming the wave of the future. Flying drones are already prevalent in many industries and the use of driverless cars seems to be on the verge of a breakthrough. In the maritime industry, unmanned vessels are now on the horizon. While unmanned vessels have many advantages, their introduction may necessitate re-thinking ...
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During the course of a two day summit in Vancouver, Canada, a spokesperson for the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) spoke about the urgent need to reduce the number of helicopter accidents in the oil and gas industry. Helicopters are the primary means of transportation for getting workers on and off of offshore oil rigs. However, given the number of accidents and ...
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Offshore workers are generally protected by two separate acts under maritime law. The most common act is known as the Jones Act . The Jones Act was established in 1920 to offer legal protections to offshore workers. However, to qualify under the Jones Act, an offshore worker must meet a specific set of criteria that eliminates some workers from Jones Act protections. Longshore & Harbor Workers' ...
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News, Tugboat Accident
One worker was killed and three others were injured in a tugboat accident off of the coast of New York this weekend. The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon when the Coast Guard got a report that a 62-foot tugboat was sinking about a mile from Fire Island National Park. When emergency crews reached the sinking boat 30 minutes after the initial call, they found a field of debris and three ...
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The Houston Ship Channel has finally reopened after being shut down for the past three days. The closure began on Tuesday when an oil tanker and a bulk carrier collided near Morgan's Point. The bulk carrier was able to be moved immediately following the collision, but the oil tanker suffered structural damage that did not allow it to be moved until Thursday morning. Toxins Spilled Into Ship Chanel ...
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Earlier this afternoon, two ships collided in the Houston Ship Channel. According to officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, a chemical tanker and a bulk carrier were involved in a collision near Morgan's Point. The chemical tanker was carrying 216,000 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a flammable liquid that is used to raise the octane number in gasoline. According to the Coast Guard, the ...
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At around 1:55 p.m. on Thursday, March 5, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that there had been a collision between two ships in the Houston Ship Channel. The collision between a 445-foot oil tanker (Chembulk Houston) and a 900-foot cargo ship (Montealegre) occurred south of San Leon and east of Dollar Bay about two miles off of the coast. It was not immediately known what caused the collision, but ...
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On March 4, an incident occurred on an offshore drilling rig where a roughneck suffered from serious crush injuries . The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has since announced that they intend to launch an investigation into the incident. In their announcement, the PSA noted specifically that they are seeking to clarify the course of events, as well as identify the causes of it—both direct ...
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Despite new technology and increased regulations, a marine insurance company has found that navigational accidents have remained steady. Navigational accidents include collisions with other ships, contacts and groundings. The finding comes from the company's report that analyzed the insurance claims that were filed from 2003 to 2014. With the advent of GPS technology and improved communications ...
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