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Are hurricanes a problem for cruises?

As you prepare for your cruise out into the Atlantic, the presence of hurricane season on the calendar could give you pause. Many Louisiana residents might not want to brave the Gulf waters with the threat of a destructive hurricane lurking out there. While a hurricane might cause some disruptions to your cruise experience, the threat of actually getting caught in a hurricane is practically non-existent.

I own a boat: what do I do when hurricane season approaches?

Louisiana boat owners have good reason to be wary when hurricane season is on the radar. A devastating wind or surge of water up the Gulf of Mexico can cause incredible damage to boats still in the water. So how can a Louisiana resident handle the situation? According to the State Farm website, boat owners can take important steps to help safeguard their vessels against a harsh storm.

Is a ship undergoing repairs a navigable vessel?

If you were to be involved in an accident that occurred offshore in Lousiana jurisdiction due to the negligence of other members of your crew, or of your captain, you would probably soon be faced with an excess of jargon. Some of these words are common, but they take on a specific meaning in the context of the Jones Act. It is probably wise to make legal decisions based on an informed understanding of the terms involved. In some cases, you could find that you have more of a case than your employer would like you to believe.

Maritime injuries and the law

Adventures on the water can be a ton of fun, whether they come in the form of sailing, deep-sea diving or some other activity. Those who work in Louisiana's waterways and oceanfronts know being at sea can also be a load of work that comes with its own set of hazards not typical in land-based jobs.

What are SHIPS?

If you work in the maritime industry in Louisiana, you may have heard of SHIPS. This stands for Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets, and these are a safety contribution from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the shipyard industry. SHIPS came about because of the unique concerns and aspects of shipyards. 

Workers' compensation and medical expenses under the LHWCA

It is no secret that there are risks associated with working at Louisiana docks. In fact, some of the first worker's protests in America were carried out by shipbuilders back in the 1600s. A long history of collective efforts has led to the current formal protections under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

What are the boating laws in Louisiana?

If you want to enjoy the many waterways in Louisiana, then you need to understand the boating laws. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there are some restrictions and requirements in place to ensure you are safe when boating. This starts with a requirement for everyone operating a motorboat of at least 10 horsepower who was born after the first day in 1984 to take and successfully complete a boating education course. You must also carry proof that you passed the course with you when you are boating.

What are some safety risks on a cruise ship?

Cruises are very popular vacation options for people in Louisiana. There are cruises designed for almost everyone, from families to singles. It is easy to find a cruise ship that offers an experience you would enjoy. As with any travel option, though, sailing on a cruise ship does not come without risks. 

Is medical marijuana allows on cruise ships?

You may be used to being able to legally use medical marijuana in Louisiana. Perhaps you have a condition where the substance works better than anything else to bring you healing. However, if you are planning on going on a cruise, can you bring your medical marijuana along? The answer may surprise you. 

What is the Coast Guard's role in enforcing maritime law?

Louisiana waterways and other waters around and in the United States are rather vast. It would be very difficult to police those areas without a special law enforcement unit. The main law enforcement for maritime law is the U.S. Coast Guard. According to the USCG website, it is responsible for enforcing all maritime laws and handling any issues on the waterways of the United States. This responsibility is rather large because it includes everything from ensuring safety on the water to stopping contraband from coming into the country.

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