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Blog category: "Barge Accident"

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Recently, our blog comprehensively covered Bouchard Transportation's safety record —their history of ignoring serious vapor leaks, their culture of secrecy, and their high turnover rate that kept problems from being solved conclusively. All of these problems contributed to the barge explosion last October that killed two men. Our firm is representing the family of one of the men who died that ...
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Over the last two weeks, we posted two blogs regarding a barge that exploded near Port Aransas, taking the lives of two men. In the first blog, we discussed the beginning of the Coast Guard’s hearing regarding the incident, and then we explored the heartbreaking eyewitness testimony that emerged during the trial’s first week. This week, our law firm assisted the family of Jackson as we continued ...
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On October 20, ship engineer Timothy Lerette and a co-worker sailed into the dark waters of the Gulf to find his crewmates. He saw a lifejacket floating a short distance from the Bouchard-owned oil barge they worked on. He knew who it was: Du'jour Vanterpool, 26, one of two crewmembers working on the deck that night. He was dead. "We tried to retrieve him but he slipped out of his life jacket and ...
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Last October, a fatal barge explosion occurred off the Port Aransas coast , killing two men. While one man’s body was found several days after the tragic incident, the second still has not be found. On November 2, our law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of the presumed-dead sailor’s family. In that suit, we claimed that the company for which the decedent worked (Bouchard Transportation Company) had ...
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Fuel Barge Explodes Off Port Aransas Coast

Early Friday, a fuel barge exploded off the Port Aransas coast, leaving two missing. The explosion occurred around 4:30 a.m. while the barge was being pulled by a tug, according to a mayday message to Coast Guard watchstanders by the tug’s captain. Six crew members were reportedly pulled to safety. Crew Goes Missing After the Fire In the aftermath of the explosion, it was discovered that two of ...
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When Tankers Collide: Potential Dangers

Maritime accidents involving tanker collisions are some of the most dangerous accidents that can occur at sea. While it is not uncommon for vessels to collide, the collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries and even death. With increased vessel speed, the increased ability to carry larger loads of greater tonnage, and increased maritime traffic, the risk of vessel collision accidents has also ...
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Early on Saturday at approximately 5:15 a.m., a 90-foot tugboat named the Specialist collided with a construction barge on the Hudson River near the Tappan Zee Bridge. At the time of the incident, the tug, which had departed from Albany, had been steering a barge carrying a crane to Jersey City. According to a police spokesman, the tug struck a fixed construction barge that had been underneath the ...
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What Is a Spud Barge?

The offshore and maritime industries are full of unique pieces of equipment, workstations, and job titles. Understanding these aspects can help workers and their loved ones better understand their positions. For example, a spud barge is a type of barge that is moored by using through-deck pilings or steel shafts, which are commonly referred to as spuds (hence the name). There are number types of ...
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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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Attorneys Kurt Arnold, Kyle Findley, and another attorney from Arnold & Itkin have filed suit on behalf of an injured oil barge employee who sustained injuries after falling down a stair well in 2012. The barge worker was unaware at the time that the stairs were heavily coated with oil, which lead to his slip and fall accident. As a result of this incident, lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have filed a ...
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