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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Reckless Disregard for Seaman’s Rights – Punitive Damages

Admiralty law is steeped in tradition. Many of its principles derive from sources as ancient as the maritime code of the Isle of Rhodes. But in the past two decades, the law of maritime personal injury has been in flux. The pivot point is the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miles v. Apex Marine Corp., […]

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Fishing Boat Accidents Injure One and Claim Life of Another

March was not a good month for workers on fishing boats. One worker, Andrew “Drew” Fotu, 25, from Seattle was a crew member on the F/V Alaska Juris was struck in the head by a snapped cable on March 1, 2012. The blow to the head was so severe that he immediately began bleeding from […]

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Azamara Cruise Ship Drifting off Philippines After Fire Destroys Engines

Yet another cruise line incident in this young year. Recently, an Azamara Club Cruises ship named the Azamara Quest was reportedly drifting listlessly in the waters south of the Phillipines, after fire broke out disabling its engines. The Philippine coast guard indicated that five crew members received injuries from smoke inhalation, with one more seriously […]

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Debris from Japan’s 2011 Tsunami Expected to Land in North America Soon

Debris from the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami that occurred near Sendai, Japan more than one year ago is finally making its way to the Pacific Northwest. The first piece of debris is expected to land on the West Coast within the next two months. Officials anticipate a Japanese fishing boat floating approximately 120 nautical […]

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