On Wednesday April 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm, there was an explosion on two barges on
the Mobile River in Alabama. Six explosions followed the initial explosion, leading to a
massive fire that was finally extinguished by firefighters and Coast Guard on Thursday
Three people were left in critical condition after severe burns as a result of the fire. The
crew of the nearby docked Carnival Triump was evacuated to prevent further injuries.
The barges are owned by Kirby Inland Marine, a Houston-based company. The barges
were empty and in the process of being cleaned at the Oil Recovery Company facility
after having carried natural gasoline. It is thought that a spark that was generated
during the cleaning process ignited the initial explosion and fire.
This incident is one of the latest examples of how dangerous offshore work is. Maritime
workers risk their lives everyday. From barges to tugboats to fishing boats, every task
carries serious risk. At Kirkendall Dwyer LLP, we want to help make sure that maritime
workers that risk their lives and safety every day have the best legal representation
available when they need it. Whether you were injured on the docks or aboard a vessel
or somewhere in between, we are available to assist you seven days a week. When
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