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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the surface, maritime accident reports may seem simple and straightforward. You may give a statement of what happened and sign the paperwork. However, sometimes there's more information hidden beneath the surface of the report: information that has been disguised to look blameless, but is ultimately harmful to the workers affected in the accident.
On April 20, 2010, a horrible tragedy occurred in the Gulf Coast, just off the shores of Louisiana. It was one of our country's worst offshore disasters, causing over 3 million barrels of crude oil to spill and the rig to sink. The devastation to wildlife, beaches and wetlands spanned across coastlines from Texas to Florida where balls of tar can still be found on beaches. Seafood processing plants and restaurants also continue to work towards recovery. Many know about this as the BP oil spill, others know it as the Deepwater Horizon explosion.