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Recent Posts in Commercial Vessels Category

Able Bodied Seaman Awarded $638,603

If a vessel's crewmember is injured during his employment, he may be able to bring claims under the Jones Act for negligence or under general maritime law for unseaworthiness. It's ...
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US Coast Guard Posts Amalgamated U.S. Inland and International Navigation Rules

Today, the U.S. Coast Guard published an amalgamated version of the U.S. Inland Navigation Rules and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions as Sea, 1972. Prudent skippers know the ...
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U.S. Coast Guard Issues 2017 Light List

Want to be a prudent mariner? The trick is not relying on one navigational tool alone. That is, the chart, navigational aids and the U.S. Coast Guard's recently released Light List should all be ...
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Keeping Up With Piracy

A Taiwanese citizen sued the U.S.A. for killing her husband and sinking his fishing vessel in connection with a NATO counter-piracy initiative. That is, her husband was a hostage aboard his vessel ...
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The EL FARO Tragedy & Seeking Justice in a Maritime Court of Law

As a maritime lawyer with some fifteen years of water under my keel and another ten or so as a licensed captain, I’m always struck with the oddity of the tyranny that is shipyard life. The ...
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ISM Code Amendment Could Be Beneficial to Crew (Principles of Safe Manning, ISM Code (A.1047))

If you're a crewmember aboard a vessel, new changes to the ISM Code could prove beneficial. The ISM Code is short for the International Safety Management Code. The goals of the ISM Code are many ...
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Newport, RI Admiralty Lawyer Talks About Safe Berths For Ships

I sometimes envy the medical profession. For the most part, under a doctor's care you're healed or you die within a relatively short time, and the doctor moves on to his next dance partner. ...
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46 U.S.C. 31301, et seq and Arresting a Vessel for Unpaid Bunker Fuel

When a ship fails to pay for fuel oil and marine gas oil, the supplier typically has a maritime lien against the ship. That is, instead of chasing the company that made the purchase, the ship itself ...
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Going Down to the Sea, but Not with the Ship!

The lore of a captain going down with the ship is well known, but what's the legal consequence? Are civil, criminal or professional penalties meted out to the ship's master who scoots clear ...
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Claims for Unpaid Crew Wages

Not paying a vessel's crew his or her wages is a lot different than, say, not paying someone who does work on your house. That is, an unpaid crew member has unique remedies available under the ...
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Newport R.I. Maritime Attorney Talks Seafarer's Wage Penalty Statute

There's an incredible amount of self-serving legislative activity in this Country that's just not appreciated by its citizens. I tripped over what I believe is a good maritime example of this ...
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Rhode Island Boaters, did you know that . . .

Rhode Island boaters, did you know that. . . R.I. DEM Officers can stop and board your boat? If born after January 1, 1986, you must pass an approved boater education course? Children under 13 years ...
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NY Ferry Accident - A NY Maritime Attorney Responds

Ferries are commercial vessels, too. They suffer the same indignities as their workboat brethren and are largely treated by the maritime law like any other commercial vessel. No matter its stripes, ...
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Vessel Casualty and Accident Reporting

Although many think of boating as the lawless West of old, it's not. The Code of Federal Regulations imposes various duties on vessel operators in the context of marine incidents including the ...
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