By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on April 17, 2015

If you’ve worked the seas long enough, you most certainly know someone, or at the very least, have come across a cautionary tale of someone, who has gone missing or fallen overboard.  Is it commonplace, thankfully no; however, if it’s you or someone you care for who has gone overboard, it doesn’t ma …

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cuba embargo, us lifting cuba embargo,
By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on April 15, 2015

Since the early 1960s, the U.S. has restricted imports and exports from Cuba.  After fifty plus years have passed, the embargo, which many have questioned its usefulness, may be coming to an end. Recently, the U.S. has stabilized its relations with Cuba, allowing for American industries to once agai …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 31, 2015

Mickey may have more to worry about than just keeping Minnie happy.  Over the last month there have been two separate incidents on Disney’s Castaway Cay, a private island owned by Disney Cruise Lines where the vessels typically stop so its passengers can participate in various aquatic activities.  …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 25, 2015

Who doesn’t like to get away every now and again. Who doesn’t like to cruise the waters this fine Earth has for us? Put those people together, and you have a mighty big collection of people who like to take vacation cruises. What these very same people may or may not realize, is that once you have l …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 24, 2015

There has been an extensive history of conflict between dockworkers and the associations that represent shipping companies and port terminal operators.  In fact, as far back as the Great Depression, during a time when some striking dockworkers were actually slain, dockworkers and the opposing associ …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 17, 2015

            Two of the scariest words you can hear while on the water are the dreaded, “Man overboard.”  Now imagine working  aboard a boat and a crew member falls overboard.  Do you know what to do if you hear those terrifying words?  Worse yet, what if it is you who h …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 6, 2015

The glory days of the cruise ship vacation has seemingly passed.  With cruise ships having been in the media so much as of late due to poor conditions, captain error and more, it’s little wonder why many people would rather vacation using other means. Case in point, in a 2013 case, the plaintiff wan …

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By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on March 4, 2015

When working on the seas there are a few things you should expect – Seasonal employment?  Check.  Long hours?  Absolutely.  Vigorous work?  You bet.  But getting sick?  No way Jose!  Regrettably, it is a growing expectation for all seamen. Overexertion and repeated contact with infected objects and …

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personal injury claim
By: Dennis M. O'Bryan on February 3, 2015

In many peoples eyes, the Jones Act is a vastly superior compensation scheme than workers compensation. While there are some benefits to workers compensation, such as certainty of payments, little delay, and a no fault system, many individuals prefer the vastly superior damages spectrum under the Jo …

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