Maritime News & Info

Cranes have arrived at the Port of Virginia to begin a $695 million expansion project. A ship with the first of the rail-mounted gantry cranes arrived Friday at the port. The expansion will bring growth to the capacity that the port has room for cargo-containers. It also potentially means fewer delays for truck drivers picking up and delivering freight.

They’ll come if you build it

CEO John Reinhart told reporters back in 2015 that the port was struggling to keep up with demand. The size of the port could not handle the increased demands for business. As he told WAVY, the port suffered the opposite problem of the movie “The Field of Dreams,” in which a man builds a baseball field to attract players. “We’ve got the reverse. They’re coming and we haven’t built the field. We’ve got a lot of work to do, so we’ve just got to get it going” he said.

$1.5 Million Boost

The project has been aided by a $1.5 million investment from the Federal Highway Administration. The money has helped fund a state-of-the-art truck reservation system designed to help combat long wait times previously experienced by drivers. With too many trucks and too much freight, the port simply could not keep up. That’s all changing with the expansion. The improved infrastructure will hopefully eliminate the long waits and encourage productivity amongst all workers at the port.

While it is unlikely that the problems facing the port will disappear overnight, the expansion brings hope to many who depend on the facility to earn their living.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime lawfrom Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

If you’d like to setup a free consultation with Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyer Richard Serpe,
call us at 877-544-5323 or click here to send us an email.

Two workers are recovering from serious injuries they sustained on a job site last month. The incident occurred around 9:00 AM the morning of December 13, 2017. They were involved in an accident while working on a floating platform on the York River. Sources report that the employees were struck by a an inflatable plug that became dislodged from a floating pipe. Both were considered to be in serious condition when transported to local hospitals.

OSHA Investigations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will have up to six months to investigate this incident. Initial reports indicate that the incident will be investigated as a workplace accident. This is far from Corman Marine Construction’s first experience with OSHA. They were reported earlier in 2017 for safety concerns, but the investigation concluded after one day.

The investigation will aim to understand how the incident occurred, if the company violated any safety regulations during the completion of the project, and what fault, if any, lies with the injured workers. The results of the investigation could determine the kinds of damages could be owed to the employees.

Machinery and Equipment Accidents

Maritime workers are exposed to all kinds of dangerous machinery in their daily routines. Injuries to hands and feet are common, as extremities are constantly exposed to moving machinery. Head injuries are also possible, since heavy equipment can fall from great heights. Falling off equipment, being pinned under machinery and electric shocks are all possible for maritime workers.

Virginia Maritime Injury Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident while working on a barge, or have lost a loved one in a barge accident, you may need a maritime injury lawyer. Attorney Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime lawfrom Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has successfully prosecuted cases under the Jones Act, bringing fair and just compensation to workers who were injured while performing their duties.

If you’d like to setup a free consultation with Virginia Maritime Injury Lawyer Richard Serpe,
call us at 877-544-5323 or click here to send us an email.

Following three consecutive years of deadly Independence Day weekend boating accidents, Lake Anna residents are pushing for an increased law enforcement presence. “Egregious” violations of the rules have led to more accidents than usual, locals recently told reporters.

The Lake Anna civic association is pushing for more police presence on particularly busy weekends on the lake. When the lake gets crowded, locals say, people become less considerate of others. Alcohol is consumed on the water more frequently in these cases, and boats become overloaded with more people than they were designed for.

Unsurprisingly, this often leads to deadly accidents. This year’s 4th of July weekend saw a fatal accident in which a boat had to swerve last minute to avoid a collision. A man on board the swerving boat was ejected from the vessel and died from his injuries. Similar accidents have occurred in four of the last five Independence Day Weekends.

As one of the largest freshwater lakes in Virginia, Lake Anna is a popular spot for recreational boating. Accidents there have steadily increased through the years as the lake has become more popular.

Everything from kayaks to yachts to jet skis roam the lake in the summer months. Many states limit the kinds of vessels that are allowed within 200 feet of the shoreline, leading many locals to assume that folks from Maryland and Pennsylvania go out of their way to make a trip to Lake Anna.

Whatever the reason, we can only hope that increased police presence will put a stop to the violence on the lake.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. He knows how the insurers will do everything they can to minimize their financial liability, even if it is at the expense of decent treatment for the injured. If you’ve been injured in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, call us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

A boating accident on Lake Anna has killed one man and sent two children to the hospital with injuries. Police say the July 1, 2017 accident near Fredericksburg occurred when one boat swerved to hit another heading its way. A 53-year-old man was ejected from the swerving boat.

The man’s boat then ran over the line of a third boat that happened to be towing two children on tubes. They were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The body of the ejected boater was found shortly after the wreck. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident and succumbed to injuries he sustained in the accident.

It is believed that alcohol played a role in this 4th of July weekend accident. The fatality marks the third consecutive death on Lake Anna over the holiday weekend.

It’s not clear who was responsible for the boat the victim tried to avoid, but police say they are investigating and hope to file charges against the person. We can only hope that justice will soon be served.

We send our condolences out to the family of the man killed in the accident.

People come from all over to celebrate the long holiday weekend on Lake Anna. Boats and jet skis clutter the water and when people at the helm lose control, danger is imminent. Always remind your family and loved ones to wear life jackets on the water, no matter how good of a swimmer they might be.

Virginia Boating Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe

Richard Serpe has a Masters Degree (LLM) in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law, and has obtained the highest ranking (Proctor) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Richard Serpe has years of experiences protecting the rights of those that have been injured on the water. If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, contact us for a free case evaluation 877-544-5323.

Two men are safe after their jet skis broke down while on a trip out to the Monitor Merrimack Bridge. The men, from Suffolk and Chesapeake, say their jet skis experienced mechanical failure. They were forced to swim the channel for hours with their jet skis in tow. When the men failed to turn up as originally scheduled, their families called authorities to help search for the pair.

The jet skiers ultimately ended up at the former site of Bennett Creek Restaurant. They tied up their jet skis and walked to a nearby grocery store, where they were able to call home and report that they were safe. The call came around 2:30 in the morning — about eight hours after the men set out on their jet skis.

Neither man was injured in this incident. That this story has a happy ending is something of a miracle. Both men were wearing jet skis when they became stranded on the water, which surely helped them to not grow exhausted from swimming.

This incident highlights the importance of those life jackets. Had these men gone jet skiing without them on, this news report might have ended much differently. When you and your family take to the open water this summer, make sure everyone has their life jacket on and properly fitting.

Like any watercraft, jet skis can break down when you least expect them to. It’s important they receive regular maintenance, especially before they go out on the water for the summer!

Maritime Accident Lawyer Richard Serpe – GET HELP

Maritime environments are no different. If you’ve been injured an experienced maritime and Jones Act attorney can help you recover the damages related to your injury. Richard Serpe gained a Masters Degree in maritime law from Tulane University School of Law. He has also been awarded the rank of Proctor (the highest rank available) from the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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