It’s common knowledge that commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Hard labor, long days and unpredictable weather frequently lead to injuries and fatalities, with the Coast Guard investigating hundreds of accidents each year.
The maritime is a beautiful, unique industry. As such, its processes and regulations are just as unique.
The authority of a ship’s captain and the protection of the Jones Act are two important items to understand if you work or travel in international waters. Here are eight frequently asked questions about laws covering accidents and crimes at sea.
The long-awaited Coast Guard report on the 2015 sinking of the cargo ship El Faro revealed what many had suspected. The captain and the ship’s owner were largely responsible for the tragic sinking, which resulted in 33 deaths, making it one of the largest maritime accidents in U.S. history.
Do propeller guards make boats safer? If they do, should boaters be required to have them?
With recreational boating season in full swing across the country, the Coast Guard and local officials are encouraging boaters to wear life jackets and avoid drinking while operating their boats. There's data behind these warnings: according to a recent Coast Guard report, alcohol was the most common known factor in recreational boating deaths last year, and the vast majority of drowning victims of boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.
If you work on the water, you are probably familiar with working hard while short on sleep. But exhaustion can affect your judgment and lead to disaster, especially when coupled with bad weather and other challenges.
What are the chances of your boat hitting a whale? New research suggests the odds might be higher than you think.