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News: Vessel policies under scrutiny in US Jones Act litigation for crewmember death caused by COVID-19

18 May 2020

Litigation has now commenced in the US federal court in Louisiana on a suit filed by a deceased crewmember's estate against the shipowner / employer alleging unseaworthiness and Jones Act negligence -

'for failing to provide Decedent with a safe workplace, failing to implement policies and procedures intended to protect its vessel crew from COVID-19, failing to train its vessel crew members on the actions necessary to prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19 aboard its vessels and allowing a boat captain infected with COVID-19 to remain aboard the vessel.'

The link to the full complaint is available in the attachment box.
 
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