Barge Fire in Mobile, Alabama

by | Sep 3, 2023 | Maritime Law

A barge caught fire in Mobile, Alabama on September 1, 2023.  According to reports, a fire broke out on a barge on the Mobile River.  At the time the barge was north of Cochrane-Africatown Bridge.  Tug boats were used to move the barge away from other vessels to prevent the fire from spreading.  The barge was carrying a load of wood chips.  It is unclear if anyone was injured in the fire.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There was a deadly boating accident on Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri on August 26, 2023.  There was a collision between the crude oil tanker BURRI and the LNG tanker BW LESMES in the Suez Canal on August 22, 2023.  Two recreational boats collided on Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas on August 27, 2023.  There was a deadly boating accident on High Rock Lake in North Carolina on August 24, 2023.  An officer went overboard from the container ship MSC NADRIELY on August 30, 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.

Even when a company has practices and procedures in place to prevent incidents like this, mishaps such as the one described above are cannot be completely eliminated.  All too often, human error and negligence are the reasons for these vessel collisions.  Whether it is due to poor judgment, a normalization of deviance from the proper procedures or a lack of proper rest and recovery, humans err and sometimes these errors result in the property damage, injury or death.  Operating modern sea vessels is not an inherently unsafe act as long as those responsible do so in such a manner that is not negligent. When the operation of sea vessels is conducted in a negligent manner, it does not take long for the situation to become dangerous.

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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 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.