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Maritime Accidents

Why Container Ships Need Better Fire-Fighting Systems

23.10.2017 in Maritime Accidents

After reviewing numerous accidents that have occurred onboard container ships recently, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) published a position paper that describes why container ships need better firefighting systems. The concern is that the existing firefighting capabilities on these vessels are insufficient to…

Top 5 Causes of Crane Failures in the Shipping Industry

18.10.2017 in Maritime Accidents

The shipping industry uses cranes for a variety of different purposes. Whenever there is an instance of crane failure on a vessel, the consequences can be disastrous for operators, ship owners, seafarers, and other ship employees. Although each instance of crane failure is unique, there…

How the Titanic Changed Maritime Law

24.07.2017 in Maritime Accidents, Maritime Law

After the sinking of the Titanic, several acts and laws were passed seeking to avoid another catastrophe. With the passing of new policy, ships now had better safety procedures and construction, constant contact with others on the sea and coastal radio stations, and rightful compensation…

Who Enforces International Maritime Law?

19.07.2017 in Maritime Accidents

When it comes to maritime law and policy, there can be some confusion on who enforces the rules and regulations regarding international maritime law. In United States waters, the U.S. Coastal Guard monitors all maritime issues. However, when it comes to international waters, who enforces…

Maritime Law vs. Law of the Sea

17.07.2017 in Maritime Accidents, Maritime Law

Maritime law and the law of the sea have almost nothing to do with another, despite the proximity that their names imply. Maritime law is domestic, whereas the law of the sea is international. United States Maritime law deals with injuries and property damage that…