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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) recently released a video highlighting ongoing safety concerns for maritime workers. The video features the accident of a crew member on board a ship who was tragically killed by an explosion while cutting a used 200 litre drum with an angle grinder.

Recipe for disaster: Using an abrasive cutting wheel on a metal container with flammable vapor.

Recipe for disaster: Using an abrasive cutting wheel on a metal container with flammable vapor.

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NEW ORLEANS, La. — In an article at Workboat Magazine, the president of a Louisiana towing company pleaded guilty on Thursday, June 6, to using his personal and business accounts to fund campaign contribution checks in the names of others in support of two candidates for the U.S. Senate in 2008, the Justice Department announced yesterday.

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According to a General Accountability Office (GAO) analysis, Puerto Rico’s congressional representative wants to change the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fuels from the U.S. mainland to the island. He’s also taking aim at agricultural products shipped on bulk cargo vessels.


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The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., confirmed Sunday, Nov. 18, that the body that was recovered by the oil rig accident site on Saturday evening was one of two missing Filipino maritime workers. The company says it has expanded its search for the other missing worker.

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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

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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On July 8th, 2011, the Lexington Institute published The Contribution of the Jones Act to National Security written by Dr. Daniel Goure.

The Jones Act and its Contribution to National Security

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U.S.D.C. EASTERN DISTRICT NEW ORLEANS, La -  Louisiana maritime lawyer, Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP, represent a 40 year old tankerman and resident of Great Lakes, Illinois who was seriously injured while in the employment of Defendants BLESSY MARINE BLESSY MARINE SERVICE, INC., his Jones Act employer.

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HOUSTON, TX – Survivors of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 have a message for the companies involved: start taking some responsibility and stop with the finger pointing. People’s lives are at stake.

Left to right: Matthew Jacobs, Douglas Brown and Daniel Barron for the Anderson Cooper 360 interview one year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

This is the message from a recent interview on Anderson Cooper 360 with 3 of the survivors of the disaster. ... Read More

NEW ORLEANS, LA – This is the second follow-up story to our recent post regarding the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that was spotted on Friday, March 18, 2011.

In that incident, an oily substance was found washing up on the shores in parts of Louisiana. Just a few days ago, CNN reported that the recent spill was traced to an oil well owned by Houston firm, Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners. ... Read More

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