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At the Law Offices of John W. Merting, we have over 40 years of experience with admiralty and maritime legal matters. Given the complexity of admiralty and maritime legal matters, it can only benefit someone entangled in such a predicament to turn to a knowledgeable and experienced advocate of their rights. And at The Law Offices of John W. Merting, we want to help people with their many different admiralty and maritime issues.

Pensacola Bay Bridge scheduled for 2020 completion

As Pensacola residents are aware, the Pensacola Bay Bridge was built in 1960 and deemed structurally inefficient recently by engineers. After a long development and negotiation process, the new Pensacola Bay Bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2020. The $400 million bridge will have two three-lane sections for northbound and southbound travel, as well as paths for bicyclists and pedestrians.

USS Fitzgerald accident under investigation

The "Internet of Ships" has garnered a lot of discussion in the wake of the fatal boat accident between the USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal in southwest Japan. That busy area is one of the most congested shipping lanes, and the tragic accident claimed seven lives aboard the USS Fitzgerald. A full investigation is underway -- but internet sleuths have already latched onto the Automated Identification System (AIS) data provided by the Crystal in an effort to figure out what went on during the fateful collision.

Fight back when you suffer on the seas

Imagine being a dock worker and dealing with dangerous conditions at your workplace that threaten your safety. Or what if you worked on a cruise ship and the cruise ship operator knowingly allowed the ship to go out on the sea in dangerous shape. How about oil rig workers? What if the equipment that they work with on a daily basis fails, causing them severe injuries? And what about recreational boaters who take their boats, jet skis and yachts out on the sea? What if they get into an accident and a family friend or colleague suffers due to their negligent operation of the vehicle?

Commercial fishing accidents can deal workers brutal injuries

There are so many different workers and industries under the umbrella of admiralty and maritime law. There are people that work on oil rigs and massive freighters. There are people that work or travel on cruise ships. There are people that work in shipyards. There are people that own yachts or use personal or recreational watercraft. All of these circumstances can lead to a boating accident or maritime incident that requires legal attention.

Admiralty and maritime law casts a wide net

Admiralty and maritime law is an area of law that many people may think can be easy generalized. "Oh, that's just about boats, right?" While this is technically correct, it leaves out a host of other legal issues that fall under admiralty and maritime law.

Not all ships are safe at sea

The television show "Deadliest Catch" has been on the air for nearly 12 years now, a pretty remarkable accomplishment when you consider that it is about the crab fishing industry. That doesn't sound like a topic that would garner popularity over the airwaves, but it has. Over the course of its time on television, "Deadliest Catch" has racked up some impressive ratings and a diligent group of fans.

High winds cause fatal oil rig accident

Last week, there were reports coming out of Azerbaijan that an oil rig accident had claimed the life of at least one worker and that nine others fell into the sea after the collapse of part o the rig. Part of the platform broke off in extremely high winds (90 miles per hour) leading to five people who were working on that particular area falling off the rig. Another five people were in a nearby cabin, according to the report, which fell as a result of the collapse as well.

What Benefits Are Florida Seamen Entitled to After an Injury at Sea?

Under the Jones Act, injured seamen are entitled to certain benefits, regardless of whether the ship's owner or operator was at fault. The injury could occur at sea or while the seaman is performing work-related duties on land.

On tug boat accidents and why they pose serious risks

A tug boat may not have an intimidating name, but the name belies the power of this vessel. Tug boats operate with incredible horsepower and they can generate a lot of power -- mainly because they have to. A tug boat has to be able to pull much larger and heavier boats in to harbors and docks. This wouldn't be possible without tons of horsepower, a lot of heavy rope and a crew to ensure that entire process goes smoothly.

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