On shore and off shore, occupational accidentals can happen no matter the location or the planning and expertise of the crews involved. Maritime accidents require special legal attention because they often occur in waters floating on the boundaries between the accident victim’s home country and international jurisdiction. In the majority of accident causes, it is the job of the hired maritime accident attorney to “reel in” the scope of an individual accident case and process it through the district jurisdiction which is most likely involved. Most districts will try to dismiss sea-borne lawsuits and injury claims, but a maritime accident attorney will fight for any fisherman, oil rigger, contractor and seaman who earns his living on the water.
In every maritime lawyer’s mind is the case of the 1988 accident on the Norwegian oil rig known as Piper Alpha. All systems and personnel protocols were in standard working order until the unforeseen happened. Many lives were lost and international maritime safety standards for workers, contractors and international trades people came under immediate review. Families were shortchanged because of the litigation surrounding this tragedy, but this type of maritime justice never has to happen again.
The conference organized in Norwegian waters at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center will be a spectacular multi-industry representative focus on the safety steps which can be taken on off shore oil rigs, fishing boats and commodities transports. This UK-based conference is bound to address some of the most important issues facing nations with high seas trade and shipping interests. The Piper Alpha accident will be of particular note and focus for all envoys attending the conference. New safety and personnel protocols will be introduced and proposed which will certainly highlight some of the most pressing and under addressed issues in international maritime law.