by | Jul 6, 2023 | Maritime Law, Wrongful Death

A fire broke out on the ro-ro cargo ship GRANDE COSTA D’AVORIO on July 5, 2023.  At the time, the vessel was docked in Newark, New Jersey, having arrived from Baltimore.  The vessel’s cargo is reported as 1,200 vehicles and additional cargo containers.  After the fire broke out amongst the cars, local firefighters boarded the vessel to assist.  Two firefighters from Newark were killed in the efforts to extinguish the fire.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  The vessel is owned and operated by Grimaldi Group.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by this deadly incident.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There was an oil discharge from a barge in the tow of a Kirby Inland Marine vessel on the Mississippi River near Natchez, Mississippi on June 10, 2023.  A submersible touring the Titanic went missing on June 18, 2023.  There was a deadly boating accident in Lake Six, Minnesota on June 22, 2023.  There was a fire on board the general cargo ship LOTTA on June 27, 2023.  There was a fire on board a recreational boat in Kent, Connecticut on July 1, 2023.

It can be dangerous to work in any industry when safety considerations are not taken seriously.  Safe offshore vessel owners and operators must ensure that their ships do not put the lives of hard working men and women at risk.  Safe companies must be proactive and take preventative measures, including regular maintenance and repairs, to also ensure that the environment is not impacted.

Our experienced lawyers handle maritime personal injury and wrongful death litigation of all kinds and the skills needed to represent the families of loved ones who have lost their lives or those who have been seriously injured as a result of a maritime accident. The lawyers of Spagnoletti Law Firm have handled maritime lawsuits throughout the country.

The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of an accident on a ship. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to maritime injuries, so please contact us online or call 713-804-9306 or to learn more about your rights.