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Maritime Law Basics

Now more than ever, the global marketplace relies on safe transport of raw materials and final products at sea. In addition, the business of recreational cruises moves hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. While the frequency of travel at sea increases, the weather is becoming more unpredictable and severe.  » Read More

Dangers of Bulk Cargo

Bulk dry goods, such as cement, iron ore, steel, quartz, fertilizers, sulfer, grain, and sugar are often considered dangerous cargo because they are shipped in large, bulk quantities that present hazardous risks when loading, unloading, and transporting. Special precautions must be taken to avoid injury and disaster.

Most Common Hazards Related to Bulk Cargo

There are many hazards related to shipping bulk cargo,  » Read More

Watertight Doors

Travel at sea requires preparation and planning. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is an agency at the United Nations. It was established to identify measures needed to ensure safe and secure international shipping and to prevent pollution from ships. Member states belonging to the organization have agreed to be bound by “conventions”  » Read More

OSHA Silica Standard

Work on ships can involve exposure to a wide variety of hazards. While some hazardous materials can cause immediate harm upon exposure, others only cause injury or illness over time. One workplace illness that longshoremen and other maritime workers have contracted from their work is silicosis.  » Read More