Fight Continues Over Who Will Clean Up 15-Year-Old Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico
A dispute has been brewing between the U.S. Government and Taylor Energy over who’s going to pay for cleaning up what may become the worst oil spill in U.S. history. The Longest Continuous Oil Leak in U.S. History In 1984, Taylor Energy ... read more
Who’s Responsible for Maritime Injuries Caused by Defective Products or Equipment?
Each year, thousands of maritime workers are either injured or killed when the heavy equipment and machinery used aboard vessels, offshore oil rigs, or on the docks fails due to defective parts. When maritime workers become injured due to an ... read more
Will New OSHA Regulations Reduce Maritime Workers’ Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica?
Sandblasting, also known as abrasive blasting, is a commonly used technique to remove paint, and clean and prepare ship hulls, bulkheads, decks and tanks for paints and coatings during the repair and refurbishing process. Sandblasting produces ... read more
Maritime Chemists Help Prevent Accidents in the Enclosed Spaces aboard Vessels
Maritime chemists are leading efforts to make onboard working conditions safer, especially in the enclosed spaces aboard vessels. Whether it’s on the seas, in port, or in the shipyard, one of the most dangerous places to work onboard a vessel is ... read more
Year in Review: Top 10 Maritime News Events of 2018
2018 was an eventful year in the offshore and maritime industries. Disasters, court decisions, changing regulations and new technology all made the news this year. With so much going on it was difficult to make a decision, but after much ... read more
Why Do Collisions Between Vessels Still Take Place?
On November 8, the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate Helge Ingstad was returning from NATO exercises when it collided with the tanker Sola TS (Malta) in the Hjeltefjord near Bergen, Norway. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, but the Helge ... read more
15 People Rescued from Lift Boat off Louisiana Coast
A good Samaritan vessel helped the U.S. Coast Guard rescue 15 people from a liftboat that was taking on water early Monday morning off the Louisiana coast. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 3:16 a.m. from the Ram ... read more
Cargo Liquefaction May Be to Blame for the Loss of Several Cargo Vessels and Their Crews
The maritime industry is slowly becoming aware of the dangers that granular cargos present to ships and crews. Granular materials like mineral sands and crushed ores generally aren’t toxic, don’t catch fire, don’t explode and ... read more
Thirty Years after Piper Alpha: Could Disaster Strike Again?
July marked the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha explosion and fire, the worst oil rig disaster in history. While safety aboard offshore rigs have improved since then, some experts warn that more needs to be done to prevent another tragedy ... read more
A Company with a History of Boat Wrecks in Louisiana Adds Another One to the List
Marquette Transportation does it again — a crane mounted onto Marquette’s towboat Kristine Alexis slammed into the Sunshine Bridge over the Mississippi River in St. James Parish in the early morning hours of October 12. The collision ... read more
Emotional Distress and the Zone of Danger in Maritime Injury Litigation
After a maritime accident, PTSD and other emotional trauma can be just as serious of a health problem as a physical injury. Even a near miss accident — one in which a maritime worker genuinely feared for their life — can result in ... read more