The Value of Thorough Pre-employment Screening

In the maritime work force, workers fall generally into two groups.  There are those who work aboard vessels and in the eyes of the... More

New OSHA Regs for Shipyards: 29 C.F.R. § 1915, Subpart F

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are statutorily responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees.  The Department of Labor’s... More

Uberrimae Fidei: Utmost Good Faith

Uberrimae fidei, utmost good faith, is an ancient marine insurance doctrine.  Historically, all insurance policies were contracts uberrimae fidei, meaning both parties were held... More

Dock Leases: Can They Insulate the Landlord From Liability?

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal, in the matter of Sander v. Alexander Richardson Investments, 334 F. 3d 712 (8th Cir. 2003), was asked... More

Seaworthiness of a Vessel

There was a time when an experienced mariner could judge the seaworthiness of a vessel.  By merely observing its hull and rigging he could... More

The Vessel Seizure Remedy

The General Maritime Law provides unique protections to those engaged in maritime commerce.  For instance, those companies or individuals who provide stores, supplies and... More

The Good Samaritan Doctrine in Maritime Law

The Good Samaritan.  We know him as the traveler who, for no other reason than a desire to help a fellow human being, stopped... More

Duty of the Berth Operator

Every year the Lower Mississippi River experiences high water.  Mooring heavily laden bulk carriers in midstream buoy systems or in more traditional berths at... More

Presumptions in General Maritime Law

The General Maritime Law in the United States has evolved, not from a codified body of laws or rules, but from a case by... More

Purely Emotional Injuries Under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law?

Can a claimant recover for purely emotional injuries under the Jones Act and General Maritime Law if he suffered no physical contact or injury? This... More