Port of Texas City Accident Lawyers
Serving Injured Maritime Workers in Texas & Nationwide
At Arnold & Itkin, we understand the complexities and risks associated with working in one of America’s busiest and most significant ports, the Port of Texas City. As a hub of maritime activity, the Port of Texas City plays a critical role in the import and export of essential commodities, but it also presents unique challenges for its workers. Our firm, a known leader in maritime law, is dedicated to serving the needs of injured maritime workers in Texas and nationwide.
Here are a few facts about the Port of Texas City:
- It primarily imports crude oil.
- The port's exports include gasoline, diesel, and other petrochemical products.
- It is one of Texas’ major deep-water ports
- It is located in Galveston Bay alongside the Port of Houston and the Port of Galveston.
- The area is one of the world's foremost shipping hubs.
- The Port of Texas City is the 14th-leading port in the U.S. when measured by tons of trade.
- Total tonnage at the port was last measured at 52,606,030 short tons.
About Texas City, Texas
Texas City is unique in that it spans two county lines: Chambers and Galveston. It is known mostly for its deep-water port and petroleum refineries. The city has a total population of about 45,000. In 1947, Texas City was the site of what is now known as the "Texas City Disaster," an event of such magnitude that its effects are remembered still.
The incident happened when a French ship carrying ammonium nitrate initiated a domino effect of explosions. This series of explosions destroyed ships and warehouses in the port, causing dangerous pieces of shrapnel to fly in all directions. The disaster killed nearly 600 people and injured thousands more. While this may sound like a tragic event long in the past, it is still considered by most to be the worst industrial accident that the United States has ever seen.
In 2005, Texas City underwent yet another major disaster. A BP oil refinery exploded when hydrocarbon vapor was exposed to an ignition source. The massive explosion killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. BP eventually pled guilty to violations of environmental law, taking responsibility for the deaths of its employees.
Let Our Offshore Injury Lawyers Explain & Uphold Your Rights
If you were injured while working at the Port of Texas City, look to Arnold & Itkin as your source for legal advice and representation. Our firm is passionate about defending the rights of maritime and harbor workers. Each port presents its own sets of challenges and risks, all of which are compounded by employer negligence and lax safety. If you were injured in any way, it is worth contacting our firm. We can evaluate your case free of charge so that we can determine how best to help you. If you still have questions or are unsure whether or not you should file a claim, we're here to help.
Contact a maritime attorney at Arnold & Itkin so you can determine your next steps.