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Here are some photos taken of the U.S.-flagged Patrice McAllister tugboat after Tuesdays fatal fire was extinguished, or more like burned out, while transiting Lake Ontario from OH to NY.  According to early reports, the fire likely broke out in the engine room and quickly engulfed the tugboat, killing the chief engineer and injuring five other crewmembers.

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The chief engineer of a McAllister tugboat has been killed after a fire broke out aboard his vessel while transiting Lake Ontario some seven miles south of Prince Edward Point, Ontario. ... Read More

VICKSBURG, MS – A barge accident involving the Jeffrey G. Stover occurred Thursday morning on March 22 when the U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi River was hit numerous times after 33 of 35 grain barges broke loose from their tow.

Aerial view of the U.S. 80 Bridge over the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, MS where the tow boat Jeffrey G Stover was involved in a barge accident on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

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US-flagged Mesabi Miner

With the opening of the Soo Locks on Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and the St. Lawrence Seaway last Thursday, the 2012 Great Lakes shipping season is officially underway.  Officials this year are projecting an overall increase in cargo shipments across the Great Lakes thanks in part to a stronger economy, both domestically and abroad. ... Read More

jones act

The Jones Act is essential to America as we know it, so says the Navy League of the United States. In a recently released annual policy statement, the Navy League of the United States, Maritime Primacy & Economic Security, says the Jones Act is critical to U.S. economic, homeland and national security – serving the nation by maintaining a skilled merchant marine, shipbuilding capacity and sea lift capability. ... Read More

Traces of the BP oil spill that occurred from the April 10, 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, were found in the zooplankton, which is part of the marine food chain. According to studies, this finding presents a hazard for the gulf food chain and possibly human health.

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A crewmember of an offshore supply vessel suffered minor injuries Friday night after the vessel ran aground on the Galveston jetties in an incident that was eerily similar to a grounding we reported about just a few weeks ago... Read More

A crane barge being towed on NY’s East River Tuesday accidentally struck the bottom of the historic Brooklyn Bridge causing a nearly 50 foot long gash in the metal scaffolding used by crews working to repaint the bridge. ... Read More

U.S.D.C., TEXAS GALVESTON DIVISION – Texas maritime lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP, represent the family of a deceased seaman  who was forced to abandon the disabled Trinity II lifeboat during Tropical Storm Nate in the Gulf of Mexico and was lost at sea . The deceased was employed by GEOKINETICS, INC. at the time of the incident.

The Trinity Lifeboat II shown floating in the Gulf of Mexico.

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Kenneth Feinberg, the man who was in charge of the BP $20B Gulf oil spill fund, has been relieved of his duties and replaced by a new administrator.

Oil giant, BP, settles lawsuit. Photo credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

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