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New York City Ferry Crash Injures Dozens

A high-speed ferry slammed into a Lower Manhattan pier near Wall Street on Wednesday morning, January 9, 2013. The ferry had approximately 326 passengers on board when it crashed at a "relatively high rate of speed" according to a U.S. Coast Guard representative. The ferry is privately operated by Seastreak and provides service between New Jersey and Lower Manhattan. Thirty-one (31) passengers were sent to the hospital and many more were injured. The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident, which was apparently not the first for this vessel; records indicate it was involved in prior crashes including a collision with a New Jersey dock in 2009.

Accidents occurring at sea are governed by federal maritime laws, which are complex and may differ greatly from laws governing accidents that occur on land. For example, most personal injury claims occurring on a cruise ship are governed by a one year statute of limitations period. Cruise ships may also have contract provisions such as choice of venue, choice of law, and other forum selection clauses that may affect an individual's right to bring a claim against the cruise ship owners.

The attorneys at Dreyer Boyajian LLP have extensive experience in maritime law, including actions brought under the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. In 2003, our firm was involved in the litigation concerning a Dutch cargo ship called the Stellamare that capsized in the Port of Albany, resulting in several deaths and other catastrophic injuries.

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