Pacific Maritime Magazine News Online, January 21, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on January 21, 2014
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January 2014 Issue 



What Were
They Thinking?


By Marilyn Raia


Sometimes when researching a topic for my column, I come across a case that makes me question the thought processes of the person who brought it and his lawyer. To start the new year, following are a few recently discovered cases in which the parties and their counsel attempted and failed to put a new spin on well-established maritime law applicable to seamen.

Practicing Alchemy Not Part of Seaman’s Duties
McClendon v. OMI Offshore Marine Services, 807 F.Supp. 1266 (E.D. Tx 1992), involved a personal injury sustained by McClendon while he was acting as a caretaker of a tug in a dry dock undergoing repairs. McClendon decided to practice alchemy while waiting for the tug to be able to return to service. He obtained an ounce of mercury from a friend and placed it in a potato which he then baked in a very hot oven in the tug’s galley, intending to turn the mercury into gold. Instead, McClendon sustained an injury by breathing the mercury vapors escaping from the oven…… (More) 


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BNSF Penalized for Hazardous Spill
Near LA Port

by Mark Edward Nero

BNSF Railway has agreed to plead no contest and pay a fine to settle charges that it failed to report a June 2012 hazardous spill near the Port of Los Angeles, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer said…(Read Full Article)




Ex-ILWU Treasurer Ordered to Repay Stolen $1.69 Million

by Mark Edward Nero

The former secretary-treasurer of International Longshore & Warehouse Union Local 502 in British Columbia has been ordered by a judge to repay $1.69 million that was stolen from the union…(Read Full Article)




Seattle, Tacoma Ports to Share Operating Info

by Mark Edward Nero


The ports of Seattle and Tacoma say they intend to share information with one another that will allow them to “gather and share information to identify potential options for responding to unprecedented …(Read Full Article)


2013 Was POLB’s Third-Busiest Year Ever

by Mark Edward Nero


Cargo volumes at the Port of Long Beach rose 11.3 percent last year to 6.73 million TEUs, making 2013 the port’s third-busiest year ever, behind only 2006 and 2007, according to newly released data…(Read Full Article)



California Maritime Leadership Symposium


The 14th Annual California Maritime Leadership Symposium (CMLS) is scheduled for February 19 -20th, 2014 at the Sacramento Convention Center…(Read Full Article)