When most people think about traveling between New York City's boroughs, transportation options including motor vehicles or the subway most-readily come to mind. However, to save time and obtain a better view of the city, millions of people also use New York City's extensive ferry system to navigate between boroughs.
On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by then President George H.W. Bush. With the enaction of the ADA, the rights of individuals with physical and mental disabilities were both recognized and protected. Provisions of the ADA help ensure that government offices and private businesses take steps to ensure their premises are safe and accessible for individuals why a variety of physical disabilities.
When most people think about seamen who suffer injuries; individuals who work in commercial fishing or on cruise lines and shipping vessels likely spring to mind. While individuals who are injured while working aboard fishing boats, cruise ships and ocean liners are covered under the Jones Act, many other individuals who work in various professions are also eligible to claim injury benefits and take legal action under the law.
Investigations are still underway to determine the exact cause of a cruise ship accident that occurred on New York’s St. Lawrence Seaway. According to reports, the accident occurred on June 18 when the cruise ship known as the Saint Laurent crashed into and "upstream bumper at Eisenhower Lock."
Annually, an estimated 22 million people set sail on cruise ship vacations. Lured by promises of exotic adventures, excitement and fun; passengers are often unaware of the many dangers and hazards to which they may be exposed while aboard a cruise ship. From cases of serious illnesses to reports of passengers or crew members who are lost-at-sea, concerns about cruise ship safety are often well-warranted.
When most people think about taking a cruise, images of exotic locations and luxurious amenities likely spring to mind. While there's no doubt that cruise ships almost exclusively travel to desirable locations and are equipped with a host of entertainment and dining options, they can also be the scene to a host of accidents and assaults.
On April 15, 1912, more than 1,500 passengers perished when the luxury ocean liner the Titanic crashed into an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic waters and sank. While today's sea vessels are outfitted with state-of-the-art navigation and technology systems, concerns that a similar tragedy could occur in the same icy waters have been renewed in recent years as the Arctic Ocean has opened up as a major shipping route.
Ship owners have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to the safety of their vessel. Owners are required to make sure their vessel is fit and safe. This includes not just their vessel but the equipment and supplies on board as well.
More than ever before, the economies of countries around the world are interdependent upon one another through the buying and selling of goods. From cars and the oil that fuels them to seafood and toys, according to the United States Department of Transportation, the majority of U.S. goods are both imported and exported via sea vessels.
Cruises provide passengers with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious surroundings while traveling to famous ports and destinations around the world. Today, more people than ever are taking cruises with the Cruise Lines International Association estimating that more than 27 million people embarked on cruises during 2014.