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A cargo ship tipped over off the coast of Georgia early Sunday morning, nearly capsizing. Crew members called for help at approximately 2 a.m. and responders arrived to find the large motor vehicle transporter Golden Rayon its side. The ship tipped over after listing heavily. It was departing from the Port of Brunswick after being loaded and unloaded by longshoremen. The vessel had 23 crew members ...
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A young girl has died after she fell off a cruise ship in Puerto Rico. The 1 ½-year-old fell from the 11th floor of the Royal Caribbean cruise liner Freedom of the Seas at the Panamerican dock in San Juan. She was a child of an officer from the South Bend, Indiana Police Department, the department confirmed. The family was traveling with two other siblings and two sets of grandparents. "The ...
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On Sunday, two workers were killed after a training exercise accident on Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform. An additional worker received treatment at a nearby hospital and was released. The incident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico’s deepwater, about 214 miles south of New Orleans. Officials from the United States Coast Guard and the Interior Department are currently investigating the ...
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Last week, two workers fell through a hole aboard Chevron’s and Renaissance Offshore’s platform in the Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these accidents, one worker was killed and the other is missing. The U.S. offshore safety body BSEE is investigating both cases to determine the cause. BSEE has established two panels to examine the incidents, and they are working with the U.S. Coast Guard’s New ...
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An accident at the Port of Los Angeles has killed one worker and severely injured another. The industrial accident occurred early Wednesday morning at Fenix Marine Services on Pier 300. Initial reports indicate that a top loader container handler caused the deadly accident. The injured worker received treatment for injuries at UCLA Medical Center, and their current condition is unknown. ...
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On Friday afternoon, two barges being pushed by a tugboat named Voyager collided with a tanker named Genesis River. One of the barges capsized, and the other was hit so hard that it was nearly sliced in half. Both barges were carrying 25,000 barrels of reformate, an ingredient used in producing high-octane gasoline. Recovery crews are still working to remove the remaining reformate from the ...
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The Houston Ship Channel is closed from Light 61 to Light 75 after a crash between a barge and another vessel around 3:30 PM on Friday. Two barges were on the inbound channel and the tanker was outbound when they collided. As a result of the collision, one of the barges has capsized and the other has a large hole in it. According to authorities, the barge is now leaking reformate into the channel, ...
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Since October of 2017, Arnold & Itkin has closely followed the events surrounding the investigation of a Bouchard Transportation Co.'s Barge No. 255, which exploded and erupted into a violent fire just off the coast of Port Aransas, Texas. Our barge explosion attorneys are representing the family of Zachariah Jackson, one of the two workers killed during the incident. Officials never located ...
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In November of 2018, the Supreme Court heard arguments for a class action lawsuit involving asbestos-related injuries caused by bare-metal items. The lawsuit described “bare-metal” products as those that required asbestos to work but sold without asbestos. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Navy veterans who asserted that they developed cancer because of the asbestos they used on bare-metal ...
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Last Sunday, a helicopter owned and operated by Bristow Group Inc. crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. The accident occurred around noon as the helicopter was transporting one passenger and the craft’s pilot between Galliano and Venice, Louisiana. The helicopter was a Bell 407 registered with the number N577AL. Currently, the cause of the crash is not known, and the FAA and NTSB are investigating the ...
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Two States Take Steps to Ban Offshore Drilling

Last December, we covered the nine states that joined a lawsuit against the White House over the exploration of gas and oil of the East Coast. Sixteen communities in South Carolina filed the lawsuit over concerns that the tools used to do offshore exploration for oil and gas is destructive to wildlife. The other states joined the lawsuit out of concern for the well-being of their coastal economy. ...
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Offshore Safety, News
Earlier this month, 16 communities on the coast of South Carolina filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court against the Trump administration. The case was filed in response to permits that were issued to allow the exploration for natural gas an oil. On Thursday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced that nine states are joining the lawsuit. Why Are the States Against Offshore ...
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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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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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News, Wrongful Death
The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement are currently investigating the passing of a drillship worker early Saturday morning. The fatality occurred aboard the Transocean owned Petrobras 10,000 drillship while in an area of the Gulf named the Walker Ridge 469. The deceased seaman worked as a floorhand for Spencer Ogden, where he assisted in pipe handling ...
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Maritime Incubator Opens in New York

If a newborn is having difficulty acclimating when he or she is born, they are placed in an incubator. An incubator is a place where ideal conditions promote the growth of an organism. The temperature, the space, even the sounds of the environment are monitored in an incubator so that a newborn has the best chance at developing normally. A technological incubator is the same, except the target of ...
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Around 2 a.m. this morning, a fire broke out on the Shell Enchilada Platform, which was located 100 miles south of the Vermillion Bay. The fire was first reported to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders at 1:20 a.m. It has been reported that two workers were injured in the blaze and more than three dozen workers were evacuated off the rig. More than 45 people were aboard at the time of the ...
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News, Wrongful Death, Seaman Injury
This weekend, our firm reported on a vessel collision between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal, a merchant vessel flying under the Philippine flag. The collision occurred around 1:30 am local time, so many of the sailors aboard the Fitzgerald were asleep at the time. Damage from the collision occurred in two berthing spaces, a machinery room, and a radio room. Tragically, 7 sailors were ...
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Later this month, thousands of oil platforms on the United States coast will be subject to new regulations for reporting maintenance failure. Currently, oil rigs are not required to report equipment failure unless it meets certain conditions or affects environmental safety. In other words, rigs don’t have to report failing equipment until something terrible happens. Thankfully, that will soon ...
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The dangers of offshore drilling only exponentially increase as rigs drill deeper than they ever have before. In the frenetic search for new resources to relieve the scarcity of oil deposits, boundaries are being pushed, tested, and occasionally crossed altogether. As technology strives to keep up with the demand, offshore oil companies invest millions, even billions, into their rigs in order to ...
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News, El Faro, Boat Accident
Though the voice data recorder discovery was a positive step in finding out more truth about the sinking of the El Faro , the actual retrieval will likely take up to several months. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the way the VDR and four-ton mass are oriented will create some complications. Brian Curtis, Director of the NTSB Office of Marine Safety commented, “It’s clear ...
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Boat Accident, News, El Faro
While the wreckage of the El Faro was found several months ago, there have still been many questions swirling around the cargo ship’s sinking that occurred last October . Investigators, family members, officials, and many others are hoping that the recently discovered voice data recorder (VDR) will provide more insight into the El Faro tragedy and even the missing closure that those involved are ...
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In 2012, Transocean was hired by Shell for 4 drillships for 10 years each. One of the drillships, the Deepwater Thalassa, started that contract a few months ago in February. Today, in an email to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Shell confirmed that the Transocean Deepwater Proteus, a newly built ultra-deepwater drillship, had arrived to the Gulf of Mexico. They went on to confirm that ...
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A tugboat capsized early Tuesday morning as it made its way along the San Jacinto River, which was rain-swollen due to the heavy down pour in the area. Of the five crewmembers on board the Ricky J Leboeuf, four were successfully rescued by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Marine Unit while the tugboat sank into the river. The fifth crewmember remained unaccounted for following the ...
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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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