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Attorney Matt Shaffer Filed Lawsuit for Client After Maritime Accident

Matt Shaffer recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client injured in a maritime accident. The client was employed as a captain by The Dutra Group and was ordered to move a barge with the M/V Elbert Lewey push boat in adverse weather conditions. As the client underwent the operation, a wave picked up


Pilot’s Failures Lead to Ship Crash

Pilot’s failure to Communicate Cited as Cause of 2015 Ship Channel Crash A Houston Ship Channel pilot was held responsible for the collision of two ships in 2015  which resulted in a major chemical spill.  The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the pilot, who at the time was guiding the Conti Perdot through


SMSH Legal Settles Amputation Case

Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris recently settled the claim of a foreign seaman working for the Caribbean subsidiary of a Texas company for a confidential amount. In a tragic work accident over foreign waters, the young man’s leg became entangled in a mooring line and was violently amputated below the knee. The attorneys of SMSH


Global Maritime Piracy Declines In 2014, But Southeast Asia Ship Hijackings Rising

In 2014, global maritime piracy dropped to the lowest level in 8 years, according to the London-based International Maritime Bureau. That’s the good news; the bad news is that despite the overall decline, ship hijackings off Southeast Asia’s coasts are on the rise. Last year, 21 ships were hijacked by pirates and 442 crew members


Security Officer Found Dead on Maersk Alabama Was Ex-SEAL

Two American security officers were found dead on the Maersk Alabama off the coast of Africa last week, one of whom has been identified as a former Navy SEAL. Authorities said the men, former SEAL Mark Daniel Kennedy, of Baton Rouge, La., and Jeffrey Reynolds, were found dead in a cabin on the vessel, which


Maritime Piracy Drops to 6 Year Low in 2013

The International Maritime Bureau reports that piracy fell to a six-year low in 2013. The drop was attributed in large part to stricter crackdown on pirates off Somalia. There were 264 attacks reported around the globe last year, a 40 percent drop from 2011, when Somali piracy attacks peaked. There were only 15 reported piracy


Pirates Hijack French Oil Tanker With 17 Crewmembers

A French-owned oil tanker, reported missing with 17 crewmembers on Sunday off the Ivory Coast, is thought to have been hijacked by pirates . The suspected pirate attack is the latest in the Gulf of Guinea region. The Luxembourg-flagged tanker was reported missing after the owners lost contact with it. Its last known location was 70 nautical


Maritime Piracy Hits Five-Year Low in 2012

Maritime piracy around the world hit a five-year low in 2012 , the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday. The agency said 297 attacks were recorded in 2012, down from 439 in 2011. Those attacks include 28 vessels hijacked, with 585 crewmembers taken hostage and six killed. The data was compiled by the group’s piracy reporting center


Piracy Attacks Decline In Indian Ocean, Gulf of Aden

The International Maritime Bureau reported just one attempted attack by Somali pirates between July and September, a large decline from 36 in the same timeframe last year. According to Captain Bruce Legge, director of operations for the multinational Combine Maritime Forces, the drop is largely due to CMF’s coordinated anti-piracy efforts with the European Naval Force and


NATO Ship Fires On Fishing Boat After Attack By Suspected Pirates

A NATO ship fired at a fishing boat  Wednesday off the coast of Somalia in response to attacks from shore and sea by suspected maritime pirates, officials said. The HNMlS Rotterdam, NATO’s flagship for counter-piracy operations, was preparing to inspect the smaller vessel when fighters aboard it launched their attack. The crew of the Rotterdam returned fire, setting


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