Feb 052010


Thousands of acts of pilotage are carried out every year without a problem but who pays his or her lawyers on the odd occasion when something does go wrong? In California and Oregon, apparently, it’s the owner of the ship.

One of MAC’s favourite legal eagles, Denis Bryant reports on his blog: “The US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that a state statute immunizing pilots from liability for damages caused by their negligence in piloting vessels is not preempted by federal law. In the instant case, the insurance company that initially appointed defense counsel for the pilot on the Cosco Busan when it allided with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on November 7, 2007 brought suit against the pilot, ship owner, and others to recover its expenditures.

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The Smell of the Seafarer (Farer)

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Sep 082007

 This, from a recent Philippine Inquirer article, might raise a smile or two but personal hygiene is a safety issue – poor hygiene can lead to friction, stress and disputes that contribute to accidents aboard ship.

Now, if only they’d do something to bring up training standards and competencies, everybody would be happy.

Filipino seamen smell better than others–TESDA
By Margaux Ortiz
Last updated 10:48pm (Mla time) 09/07/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipinos’ love of baths has been advantageous to the country’s seafarers in terms of employment opportunities, according to a top official of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

“Filipinos are recognized for their exceptional hygiene and personal grooming,” Roger Peyuan, TESDA deputy director general for field operations, said in a press conference at the Department of Labor and Employment on Friday.

Peyuan added: “This practice of ours has not escaped shipping companies who appreciate nice-smelling employees.”

 Posted by at 09:42