Investigators have determined that both a Washington State Ferries captain and a private powerboat skipper were at fault for a collision between the two vessels in early December.
Anyone who has worked on a commercial fishing boat know they are signing up for long days of tough labor. Physical and mental fatigue can often seem unavoidable.
Being able to navigate on paper charts might be a mark of an experienced sailor, but keeping a stack of charts on board is no longer a hard requirement. Even those charts you keep in the wheelhouse for backup might not be strictly necessary, according to a Coast Guard guidance released last year.
In the final installment of our series on on-board hazards, we'll look at dangers involved in working with refrigerants.
Anyone who's spent significant time at sea is all too familiar with the challenges of small spaces, from climbing into the engine room to squeezing into a tiny bunk.
When you work on a commercial fishing vessel, on-board hazards are certainly not the only ones you have to contend with. Vessel disasters and falls overboard are responsible for more fatalities than injuries that happen on board.
In our post last week on injuries to tug and barge workers, we noted undermanning as one of the causes of accidents. When a company is too cheap to hire enough workers, it can leave the crew members who are on board without enough capacity to handle emergencies.
Let's continue the discussion from our previous post of legal claims available for injury or illness suffered by seamen who is employed on a vessel. There are, as the Supreme Court itself has acknowledged, a trilogy of possible claims.