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  • $5,400,000.00 settlement involving a seaman who fell from a stairway during fire and boat drill aboard a container ship sustaining quadriplegic injuries. Partners Mellusi and Shisha personally inspected the vessel taking hundreds of measurements and still and videos of every stairway in the ship’s main deck house. The data was compared with the vessel’s design plans in our library which demonstrated the vessel had been negligently constructed in that it failed to follow the naval architect’s original design specifications.
  • $4,400,000.00 jury award to a former shipmate who sustained a shoulder injury while at sea. The third mate had to undergo multiple surgeries and will not be able to become a captain because of the injury.
  • $2,400,000 jury award to a licensed marine engineer who sustained permanent knee injuries while attempting to remove a 200 lb. valve from an overhead piping system. Partner Mellusi personally inspected the ship’s engine room taking detailed photos and measurements. A duplicate valve was obtained from a maritime junkyard and was brought into court along with an auto-shop mechanical hoist capable of lifting it 12 feet to demonstrate the vessel lacked suitable means to perform this work safely. The jury award was in top ten verdicts in the United States for a comparable knee injury. The case was tried to verdict in a New York Federal Court.
  • $2,980,000.00 jury award to a ship’s cook for back injury resulting from insufficient procedures for moving ship stores. Case tried in New York federal court.
  • $2,700,000.00 settlement to a mate on a Tanker vessel who sustained multiple fractures.
  • $2,000,000.00 was awarded to a barge deckhand – wrongful death.
  • $1,827,000 awarded to a marine engineer working on a US Government supply vessel who fell into an unguarded ventilation fan causing neck, shoulder and hand injuries. The case was tried non-jury before a federal judge in Baltimore Federal Court. The court award was subsequently determined to be within the highest ten verdicts for the State of Maryland in 2009.
  • $1,200,000.00 jury award to a ship’s Bosun who sustained shoulder and neck injuries while attempting to move plywood sheets on main deck of vessel during 40 knot winds. Case tried in New York Federal Court.
  • $950,000 awarded to passenger killed when his recreational boat came into collision with tow wire of tug and barge
  • $850,000 settlement, Federal Court Allentown PA., to seaman sustained herniated disk while lifting a 110 lbs crane hooks.
  • $840,000 jury award to a seaman who fell from ladder while painting sustaining fractured wrist.
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The 'smart vessel' and the future of the maritime industry

Occasionally, maritime mishaps move into the spotlight of New York news, typically involving accidents offshore. And although technical accidents are often inevitable, any kind of machine-related operation can come with its fair share of risks. When it comes to the maritime industry, errors are possible, as with any other mode of transportation. In response to such accidents, will the future of offshore work keep up with the advancements made in everyday vehicles? 

Marine Insight, a website that informs and educates the public about the maritime industry, shares some common causes of work accidents on the water. A writer for MI found offshore oil rig mishaps to be one of the most common types of accidents, as this work requires heavy machinery with delicate components. If a worker disturbs or overlooks one of these complex components, the whole process can go awry--and can ultimately affect more areas than the one in which workers are involved. Human error is a major reason why many cruise vessels develop problems out at sea. Some workers find they cannot manage in extreme weather conditions; others wreck ships due to mere negligence. 

Regardless of the cause, it is evident that tugboats and other vessels in the maritime industry are no exception to tragic accidents. According to NBC News, however, there may be one path to a solution: that of robot ships. As the technological advancements in automobile travel continue, NBC reports that the same technologies aim to enhance the safety of boats by becoming better equipped to take on dangerous storms and other extremes. Driverless ships can come with other advantageous perks, as well, also promising economic stability. Leaders in this developing technology hope to see autonomous tugboats, cargo ships and other vessels follow suit in the near future. Will the 'smart vessel' prove to be an asset in the coming years? Some are uncertain, but experts in the field claim the advancements will bring more opportunities as well as safer environments to offshore workers.    

 

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