Category: Maritime Law

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) Annual ‘Barge-In’ Lobbies Congress

Posted in Barge Accidents,Government,Jones Act,Maritime Law,Tug Boat Accidents,Virginia Maritime News on April 18, 2013

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) representing the nation’s tugboat, towboat & barge industry called on Congress, April 17, to urge greater attention to infrastructure needs. More than 100 vessel owners met with congressional members on capitol Hill.

Puerto Rico Wants to Change The Jones Act

Posted in Jones Act,Maritime Law on April 1, 2013

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.

NY/NJ Port Authority Harbor Police Boat Carrying 10 Officers Sinks; Operator Error to Blame

Posted in Maritime Accidents,Maritime Law,New York Maritime News on September 18, 2012

NEW YORK — The media reports that a NY/NJ Port Authority Harbor Police boat carrying 10 officers sank in the cold waters off of Breezy Point in New York on Sunday, September 9. Operator error is being sited as the cause.

Environmental Groups Sue EPA Over Use of Chemical Dispersants in Oil Spills

Posted in Alaska Maritime News,BP British Petroleum,Government,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law on August 8, 2012

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.

Louisiana Maritime Lawyer Sues Premier Industries on Behalf of Jones Act Seaman

Posted in Jones Act,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Maritime Law,Maritime Lawsuits,Mississippi Maritime News on July 30, 2012

U.S. D. C. EASTERN DISTRICT OF La. NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana maritime lawyer, Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP, represent a Mississippi seaman who was injured onboard the M/V Jean Pierre and who was employed by Premier Industries, Inc. at the time of the incident.

Florida Lawmakers Request Probe into Misuse of BP Oil Spill Funds After Official Commits Suicide

Posted in Alabama Maritime News,Florida Maritime News,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law on May 7, 2012

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. — The former executive of the Okaloosa Tourist Development Council accused of misusing BP oil spill and county funds died at an Alabama hospital on Friday, May 4, from a suspected drug overdose.

BP Will Receive Documents from U.S. Gov’t on Size of Gulf Oil Spill

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Government,Gulf Coast,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Law,Maritime Lawsuits,World Maritime News on April 16, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. — BP Plc is finally going to receive government documents that may shed light on the size of the April 10, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Agreement to Pay $7.8B to Individuals and Businesses is Now Under New Payment Program

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Government,Gulf Coast,Halliburton,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Accidents,Maritime Law,Maritime Lawsuits,World Maritime News on March 8, 2012

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.

U.S.Gov’t Plans to Legally Pursue BP Despite BP’s 7.8B Settlement with Individuals

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Government,Gulf Coast,Maritime Law,Maritime Lawsuits,World Maritime News on March 5, 2012

The U.S. government plans to legally pursue BP, despite BP’s recent out of court settlement for $7.8B with individual plaintiffs. BP reached an out of court settlement with the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) late on Friday night in one of the largest ever class-action settlements.

BP Oil Spill Trial Postponed Due to a Possible Settlement Being Reached

Posted in BP British Petroleum,Deepwater Horizon,Government,Louisiana Maritime News,Maritime Law,Maritime Lawsuits,World Maritime News on March 2, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Twenty four hours before the BP oil spill trial was set to begin, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier agreed to postpone the trial scheduled for last Monday in hopes of a settlement being reached with the British oil company.