By: 1-800-OBRYANS on January 4, 2019

Maritime Lawyer News: On Monday, another huge maritime accident hit the water. The SINCERITY ACE car carrier (a 650-foot car carrier with 21 crew members and 350 Nissan vehicles in transit), a vessel sailing under the Panama flag and owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha, caught fire in its trip from Japan to …

By: 1-800-OBRYANS on December 20, 2018

What is the Jones Act? Otherwise known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act brought into maritime law new rules of liability never before applied under the general maritime law. Section 33 of the Merchant Marine Act of June 5, 1920 is the pertinent section, commonly called “the Jones Ac …

By: Sean J. O'Bryan on October 10, 2018

In addition to the recent upward trend in the health of the United States economy comes an uptick in the sales of pleasure boats/recreational boats. And with a larger quantity of boats on the water, there is a larger aggregate for boat accidents. According to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a …

By: Sean J. O'Bryan on August 17, 2018

It seems that the pleasure boat maritime industry has become safer! Fatal boat accidents nationwide have decreased according to the 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics, recently released by the U.S. Coast Guard. According to the report, in 2017, the nation witnessed 4,291 pleasure boat accidents th …

By: Sean J. O'Bryan on July 24, 2018

The dangers involved in recreational boating was seen by the country this past Thursday on a duck boat tour in Table Rock Lake, Missouri. At least 39 people have died in duck boats in the past 20 years. Being that tour boats, such as duck boats, are capable of traversing the waterways, the maritime …

Stacks of shipping containers inside the hold of a cargo ship with a cargo ship worker inspecting the containers
By: Contributor on April 16, 2018

Cargo ships are a deceptive breed of vessel: while their design and purpose may seem simple at first, there’s a lot more moving parts and interconnected designs than you might expect. A good example of this is the ventilation system. While proper air flow and purification is a must on any boat, espe …

Lifeguards in training on small vessels using emergency safety boat flares
By: Contributor on April 2, 2018

From the biggest supertankers cruising international waters to the smallest speedboats out for a fun weekend on the water, boats of all sizes have one crucial safety feature in common: emergency flares. Required by law in many cases, and a good idea even when not mandated by local or federal guideli …

Watertight doors on a ship
By: Contributor on March 19, 2018

Maritime work, almost more than any other industry, comes with nearly a dictionary’s worth of unique terms, phrases, and things to remember. Many of them stretch back for hundreds of years and have remained in popular usage, whether due to the similar construction of boats from then to now or simply …

Navigation officer driving the ship on the river
By: Contributor on March 5, 2018

One of the most common sources of accidents at sea, from the smallest jet ski injuries to collisions between the largest supertankers, is navigational errors. Despite all the recent advances in navigational technology making the job easier than ever, at-sea navigation remains a precise – and risky – …