Collins, ABC Marine Towing, Jones Act & Maritime

OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMCollins, ABC Marine Towing, Jones Act & Maritime: A recent case in the United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana ruled on a Motion for Summary Judgment on punitive damages.

The Collins, ABC Marine Towing, Jones Act & Maritime case documents what many workers on a vessel, helicopter, tugboat, ship, offshore, oil rig, oil platform, roustabouts, barge, longshoreman and seaman may face today – an onshore injury, offshore injury or oil rig accident suffered while working on a ship or vessel, helicopter, oil rig, oil platform or offshore that may be a potential admiralty injury, Jones act injury & maritime injury case.

  • This case arises out of a fatal collision with the Florida Avenue lift bridge, which spans the Inner Harbor Navigational Canal in Orleans Parish, Louisiana.
  • On, or about, August 12, 2014, the M/V COREY MICHAEL was towing the 4600 Ringer Crane Barge and Manitowic 4600 Ringer Crane  through the Canal from the Intercoastal Waterway towards the Mississippi River.
  • The COREY MICHAEL was owned and operated by ABC Marine Towing, L.L.C whereas the Crane Barge was owned by Boh Bros. Construction Co. 
  • At approximately midnight on August 13, 2014, the mast of Crane Barge collided with the bridge, causing the crane boom to fall onto the pilot house from which Captain Michael Collins was operating the CORY MICHAEL, which resulted in his death.
  • A brief summary of the case:Decedent’s widow, Michelle Collins, sued ABC Marine as decedent’s Jones Actemployer/vessel owner alleging negligence under the Jones Act, 46 U.S.C. § 30104, et seq., and vessel unseaworthiness; sued Boh Bros. as owner of the Crane Barge alleging general maritime law negligence; and sued the Board as owner and operator of the Bridge alleging general maritime law negligence. 

The Court ruled:  GRANTED.  To find out more on the case, see Case No. 14-1900 – October 14, 2015.


OFFSHORE OIL RIG PLATFORMHave you been injured in an offshore accident? Offshore injury?

If you have been injured while working as longshoremen, roughneck, roustabout, cruise ship employee, etc., the laws that govern the areas of navigation, shipping, and overseas injuries, known as maritime and admiralty laws, may protect you.

Individuals suffering a Maritime, Admiralty, Jones Act type personal injury (offshore injury, offshore accident, oil rig injury, oil rig accident or injured offshore, mesothelioma) may be entitled to compensation in the form of maintenance payments, lost wages, monies for medical treatment and other damages. These are some of the jobs that may fall under maritime, Jones act or admiralty law:

  • Merchant Marine
  • Longshoremen
  • Cruise Ships
  • Ship Construction
  • River Boats
  • Tug Boats
  • Fish Processing
  • Commercial Underwater Divers
  • Oil Platform/Rig Workers/Roughnecks
  • Casino Boats
  • Helicopter
  • Barge

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At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you have been injured while out at sea, injured while on a boat, helicopter or vessel, working on an oil rig platform and are considered a longshoreman, seaman, and need an admiralty lawyer, Jones act lawyer or maritime lawyer to help you file an admiralty lawsuit, Jones act lawsuit or maritime lawsuit, please contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.