Fishing Boat ALASKA ROSE Capsizes

by | Jan 23, 2024 | Maritime Law

The fishing boat ALASKA ROSE capsized on January 21, 2024.  At the time, the vessel was northeast of Chiniak Island, Alaska.  Four crew members went into the water as a result.  A Coast Guard rescue helicopter was able to pull one fishermen out of the water.  A Samaritan vessel was able to rescue the other three fishermen.

There have been a number of recent incidents involving vessels.  There was a deadly fire on the container ship STRIDE in the Port of Houston on the morning of January 8, 2024.  The vessel’s second engineer was killed in an explosion in the engine room on the product tanker TORC on January 8, 2024.  The bulk carrier GIBRALTAR EAGLE was hit by a missile while in the Gulf of Aden on January 15, 2024.  The bulk carrier GENCO PICARDY was hit by a drone on January 17, 2024.

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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