Dry powder fire extinguisher red cabinet on ferry ship UK
By: Contributor on February 19, 2021

  Despite the prevalence of water around a vessel, most ships carry with them a number of fire hazards and other risks. Hundreds of fires aboard boats are reported each year, both in privately-owned, recreational vessels and larger commercial boats alike. While the causes for these fires can va …

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maritime worker in safety gear standing behind vessel in dry dock
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on January 22, 2021

Dry docks are a necessary part of the maritime industry, and specifically as a part of the life cycle of most boats and marine vehicles. A dry dock is a rectangular enclosure where boats can dock before the water is pumped out, in order to safely rest the vessel on dry land to help make needed repai …

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icebreaker ship cutting path through ice in the Arctic
By: Sean J. O'Bryan on January 8, 2021

  Whether your vessel travels through the United States, or out to international waters, the winter can be a dangerous time for sailors. In addition to the usual dangers faced on boats – unseaworthy vessels, maritime negligence, and more – the weather itself can pose a hazard to any sailor trav …

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New Bedford Fishing Accident Lawyer
By: 1-800-OBRYANS on November 25, 2019

Martha’s Vineyard, MA: The Leonardo, a scalloping vessel based out of New Bedford, was caught in choppy seas just a bit southwest of Martha’s Vineyard on Sunday afternoon.  The vessel soon capsized and sank in the surrounding water.  One of the 4 fishermen was found in a lifeboat hours after a distr …

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By: 1-800-OBRYANS on October 30, 2019

Cruise ship death: Losing a family member is never easy.  It is even more difficult when the death is that of a toddler.  What’s worse?  When the death could have and should have been prevented. This past summer Chloe Wiegand was traveling with her immediate and extended family – her parents, two si …

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By: Cosimo A. D'Aleo on October 2, 2019

Maritime industry hit a wave when the Bourbon Rhode, a tugboat that sank this past Thursday, had been traveling from the Canary Islands to Guyana. The boat was in journeying around 1,200 nm from Martinique on September 26th when it began taking on water. The vessel was a mere 60 nm from Hurricane Lo …

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By: Cosimo A. D'Aleo on September 23, 2019

Santa Barbara, California: Did you know that there are a multitude of causes which could deem a vessel to be unseaworthy?  Well, there are, and crewman Ryan Sims, who was working as a cook for just a mere three weeks on a vessel, recently filed suit against the boat owner for a harrowing fire he bar …

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By: Cosimo A. D'Aleo on September 9, 2019

Brunswick, Georgia: The Golden Ray, a massive cargo ship, capsized off of the Georgia coast late Sunday evening.  The Coast Guard began receiving distress calls around 2:00 a.m., regarding the 656 foot behemoth.  The vessel had just departed Cornel’s Island Terminal when it capsized. The Golden Ray, …

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By: Cosimo A. D'Aleo on September 3, 2019

Santa Barbara, California: Protection and safety measures on any vessels are of paramount importance; however, even when a vessel has been confirmed to have passed prior inspections how safe are you? Case in point is the Conception, a 75-foot commercial diving vessel, which caught fire over the Labo …

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