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Blogs Posted in February

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Oil Companies, News
As the offshore industry continues to struggle, Ensco has found itself in a difficult spot. In response to continued losses, the company has decided to take action by scrapping 12 drilling rigs, including one drillship. The company opted to scrap the rigs in order to eliminate their overall costs and reduce the global rig supply. These drastic measures have been taken after the 2015 year resulted ...
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El Faro
The initial public hearings for the investigation of the El Faro cargo ship disaster wrapped up on Friday, February 26. Arnold & Itkin is representing the families of four crew members who were among the 33 people killed when the ship sank during a hurricane last year. Over the past two weeks, the Coast Guard’s Marine Board of Investigation heard testimony regarding the disaster and the events ...
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On February 7, 2016, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas encountered a violent storm on its voyage. Touted as one the most technologically advanced cruise ships in the world, the newest mega ship for Royal Caribbean set sail toward very strong winds and large waves—despite clear warnings about the severe weather. What could have been a modern Titanic story turned out to be a sigh of relief for ...
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Almost 10,000 workers are employed as commercial divers , government divers, and sea harvesters in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a division of the United States Department of Labor. As an important part of the offshore industry, commercial diving is extremely different from recreational scuba diving. The work not only involves diving under ...
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El Faro
Today’s blog is an update on the story we posted on Tuesday. Read our previous blog for the whole story . Tuesday’s Marine Board hearing centered on Philip Morrell, vice president of marine operations at TOTE. The Coast Guard panelists questioned Morrell for nearly 8 hours about the chain of command. Their line of questioning honed in on the number of emails exchanged Captain Michael Davidson and ...
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Ports Along the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River is one of the largest rivers in the world and home to many diverse habitats. The river stretches approximately 3,710 miles over North America and is only smaller than the Yangtze River (3,964 miles), the Amazon River (4,000 miles), and the Nile River (4,160 miles). Such an enormous natural resource is utilized by 41 ports and harbors stretching from Minnesota through ...
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El Faro, News
The U.S. Coast Guard has launched public hearings into the El Faro tragedy , which led to the death of all 33 crew members on board last October after the large vessel sank near the Bahamas. The hearings are intended to help the U.S. Coast Guard gather more information as to why the El Faro sank, who was responsible for the final decisions, and if any missteps led to the tragedy. Attorney Jason ...
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Training for Well Workers

Workers that are in the offshore drilling industry should undergo adequate training so that they are fully equipped to take on the responsibility of their position. Training should develop the role specific skills that workers need for full cycle well integrity and crew resource management. Some professionals believe that all key industry personnel should be required to obtain certification for ...
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El Faro, News
It has been a little over four months since the El Faro went missing on October 1, 2015. Even after extensive search and investigation efforts, not all the pieces of the tragic incident have been put together. What actually caused the vessel to sink? What was going on in those last minutes amidst Hurricane Joaquin’s thrashing winds? Many believe the key to these answers is still missing—and can be ...
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Oil Spills Cause Offshore Injuries

When working on oil rigs and platforms, offshore workers constantly face the grave potential of sustaining a serious job-related injury. Whether aboard a ship, towboat, rig, crew boat, jack-up rig, or commercial maritime vessel, the type of labor that is regularly demanded of these workers can often be dangerous, putting them in the way of harm. Complications & Illnesses Caused by Offshore Oil ...
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Maritime Law

What Is Admiralty Law?

Admiralty law is a body of laws, treaties, and conventions that govern all offshore activity. This may include: The shipping of goods Crimes on the open seas Personal injuries suffered by seamen Various other matters History of Maritime Law More commonly known as maritime law , admiralty has a rich history that can be traced all the way back to 500 AD, if not earlier. One of the first mentions of ...
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