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Tropical Storm Isaac gained strength Friday while south of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the National Weather Center has reported.  Some additional intensification is possible before Isaac reaches Hispaniola and eastern Cuba Friday night and into Saturday.  Florida and the central/eastern Gulf Coast should continue to monitor the progress of Isaac closely as the latest predictions indicate landfall near Mississippi/Alabama border. ... Read More

Jacksonville, Fla. –  Crowley Maritime Corporation, based in Jacksonville Florida, signed a $250 Million contract with Aker Philadelpha Shipyard for the purchase of two new Jones Act tankers, the Pennsylvania and the Florida, that they had been building on spec since 2011.

Crowley Maritime has bought two 45,800-ton Jones Act tankers from Aker Philadelphia Shipyard that will be managed out of Crowley's Jacksonville headquarters. Photo: Crowley Maritime.

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Jones Act Employers Will Not Be Held Responsible for Acts of Its Employees Which Are Not in Furtherance of the Employer’s Business Interests

An important decision affecting vicarious liability for Jones Act employers for the acts of their employees was issued August 14, 2012 by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision, an action against Hercules Drilling Company represented by LeBlanc Bland, P.L.L.C. with offices in New Orleans and Houston, reverses the Eastern District of Louisiana’s earlier ruling, and has significant implications for employers in the maritime industry, confirming the test for course and scope of employment for Jones Act employees.

The decision results from a tragic case (Amanda Beech v. Hercules Drilling Company, LLC., No. 11-30415) in which an employee of Hercules Drilling Company, in violation of company policy, unintentionally brought a firearm to his job aboard a jack-up drilling rig. In the midst of showing the gun to a co-worker, the gun accidentally discharged, mortally wounding the other employee. ... Read More

The United States Coast Guard responded Wednesday to a 1,000 foot Jones Act freighter that had ran hard aground on the St. Mary’s River. ... Read More

The worst drought in more than fifty years is having a devastating effect on the mighty Mississippi River. The Mississippi has become very thin and very narrow, and if the water level keeps on dropping, there is a great possibility that all traffic and commerce on the river could shut down.

People walking on the parched and cracked river bed of the mighty Mississippi River that was once under water. The river is a casualty of the extreme drought sweeping the country laying some parts bare and others dangerously shallow thus posing a hazard to river barges operating on the river.

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At least nine people were injured Monday after a crowded tour boat slammed into a dock on the Chicago River, according to Chicago Fire officials.   ... Read More

Five states are suing the federal government claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency rules on chemical dispersants used in oil spills do not meet clean water requirements.

During the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, nearly 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants were dumped into Gulf waters with little knowledge or research into the chemicals’ toxic impacts. Currently, regulations dictating dispersants eligible for use in oil spills require minimal toxicity testing and no threshold for safety.

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The 45-foot fishing vessel MICHELLE D has been pulled to safety after spending nearly 24 hours stuck in the mud at the mouth of the Skipanon River in Warrenton, OR. ... Read More

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