The third-busiest inland port in the United States (behind the Port of South Louisiana and the Port of Houston), the Port of St. Louis is a vital part of the American shipping industry. The centralized location means that a huge portion of all shipments headed to other ports in America will have to pass through St. Louis en route to its destination. This traffic has led to a number of renovations being completed on the port, such as a massive warehouse construction project and a number of dock repairs and harbor renovations.
A large number of vessels, barges, shipping boats, and more pass through the Port of St. Louis every day, with 30-45 barge tows operating upstream every day. The Port itself consists of several terminals, many of which serve shipping companies transporting raw materials like iron, wheat, and even wood chips, and dredge boats make their way up and down the Port every day. Additionally, major shipments of petroleum, coal, and chemicals pass through the Port to points further eastward or westward thanks to the Port’s centralized location. Local companies such as Lewis & Clark Marine, Magnolia Marine Transport, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, AEP River Operations, ARTCO, and many others call the Port home and employ hundreds of seamen and longshoremen from the surrounding areas.
The location of the Port of St. Louis means a variety of cruise lines, both international and locally-operated, pass through its waters. Several lines run straight from St. Louis to sightseeing destinations like Memphis and New Orleans, and old-fashioned ferries and riverboat casinos carry boatloads of tourists, visitors, and gamblers up and down the shoreline of St. Louis every day.
This amount of traffic and business can lead to a number of boating accidents in the Port of St. Louis. If you have gotten injured or sick while working or relaxing on the water in St. Louis, you need the tough and experienced maritime lawyers at O’Bryan Law. From collisions between shipping vessels to cruise ship illnesses and everything in between, O’Bryan Law has recovered millions for injured seamen and boaters just like you.
No matter what kind of maritime injury you suffered, O’Bryan Law will fight for you. Contact us today.
*Dennis M. O’Bryan is enrolled to practice before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Missouri. In those federal district courts in which he is not generally admitted to practice, such as St. Louis, he gains admission pro hac vice, on a case by case basis, by securing the sponsorship of a reputable local attorney. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, where his office is located.