The Seaman's Protection Act is intended to protect the occupants of a vessel as well as
the general public. While the link above takes you to a page discussing how the number
of barges in a tow became a safety issue. But the Seaman's Safety Act can apply to many
scenarios. If an employee is given an order to dump hazardous waste overboard, this
would constitute a risk to the general public. It can also apply if an employee is ordered
to remove an insulating material from piping on an older vessel. If the piping insulation
contains asbestos, and removal of the asbestos insulation would endanger the
employee because of concerns over
mesothelioma, asbestosis or lung cancer, the Seaman's Protection Act would apply.







































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Important Laws
When you work on a tugboat or other commercial vessel, you usually tend to concentrate
on your job and not think about the laws that may affect your rights in the event of an
injury, a collision, or other marine incident at sea.
What is the name of the ship pictured
below? Hint: The rescue attempts to
prevent her from running aground
involved the salvage tug
Pacific. Click
answer to find out.
The captain of the vessel above was
engaged in negotiations about handling
rescue efforts as a towing operation or
as a salvage job. Click
here to read
about another salvage case and the
element of marine peril.
Trivia: What is an ATB ?
One of the laws to be invoked in the tragic collision between a DUKW Boat Tour
Vessel and Barge in Philadelphia was the Fifth Amendment constitutional protection
against self-incrimination. Read the
news article about the terrible accident.
The National Transportation and Safety Administration is conducting an investigation
of the accident between the DUKW Boat Tour Vessel and Barge. A news article
reports on a
events aboard the tugboat before the collision. The accident took place
on the Delaware River on July 7, 2010.
Working on a tugboat or other commercial vessel becomes more complex with each
passing year, as new regulations make for that much more knowledge required to
stay within compliance of changes in laws and statutes.
The Seaman's Protection Act forbids an
employer from firing a seaman for
refusing to perform duties ordered by
the employer if the seaman has a
reasonable apprehension or
expectation that carrying out such duties
would result in serious injury to the
seaman, other seamen, or the public.
Click
Seaman's Protection Act to learn
more.
One of the developments that came
When does an incident need to be reported? The old regs required reporting when
In this photo, sailors from Special Boat Team 20 help rescue people from an overturned