Working on the ocean or on the docks, or enjoying boating or cruises in your down time, you face certain risks that are not an issue with other means of transportation such as riding the New York subway or navigating the city streets. The legal team at Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha are familiar with the many types of accidents that may happen at sea, and how the law differentiates between those and laws regarding accidents on land.
Every New York seaman aboard a vessel on the ocean should be aware of safety procedures, understanding that these can be different at night. Vessels respond to hazards following protocols based on the size, weight and other factors, as well. Regardless of the conditions, rigorous attention to duties is essential to prevent those on board from being harmed.
As a seaman in New York, you may be well familiar with what makes a vessel seaworthy. While unseaworthiness has a definite meaning that could put your life in danger out on the ocean, it is also a legal term. If you suffer an injury, the definition of this word could affect your compensation. At Tabak, Mellusi & Shisha, we often help seamen to evaluate whether unseaworthiness is a factor in their circumstances.
New York seamen aboard vessels around the world are subject to a number of risks that people in occupations on land never encounter. Accidents have the potential to be much deadlier when stranded in the open ocean, particularly when, as is frequently the case, rescue is not immediately available.
When you leave New York or another port and head to sea, it should go without saying that your ship will have an adequate number of lifeboats to rescue everyone on board in case of an emergency. Safety4Sea.com notes that merely having them is not enough, as statistics indicate that a lifeboat may be as likely to kill you as save you.
In the past two years, two participants in the Clipper Round the World yacht race have died in maritime accidents. Now, Britain's Marine Accident Investigation Branch is recommending that the race's organizers review and, if necessary, revise both its shore-based management procedures and its yacht-manning policies. Furthermore, the agency urges Clipper Ventures Plc to challenge all participating skippers to make certain safe work practices are adhered to during the race.