Louisiana: Leading US State in Waterborne Transportation and Seafood Production.
Louisiana has both inland barge traffic and oceangoing ships and commercial fishing vessels. Many maritime businesses based in Louisiana primarily serve the offshore oil industry while other businesses are located on the inland waterways and port cities. Louisiana contains or borders more than 500 miles of the great Mississippi River and has more than 300 miles of land along the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The state has an extensive lock and dam system on its inland waterways, allowing commercial vessels to connect to the Mississippi River. Since the Mississippi River, Intracoastal Waterway and Gulf are heavily used by commercial ships and vessels, there is a higher chance of ship accidents and collisions. You can check on marine vessel accidents using the US National Transportation statistics.
Port Cities & Water-Related Industries
Louisiana has an abundance of port cities in large part due to its expansive waterway system. The inland ports are appropriate for shallow-draft vessels and are cargo and/or industrially based. The shallow-draft coastal ports serve as industrial sites for water-related industries such as stevedoring companies, barge fleeting, anchor salvage, dock maintenance / repair, crew boat operations, and marine salvage and emergency response companies. They also service the offshore oil and gas industry, and commercial fishing fleets plying the waters in the Gulf of Mexico. There are also a number of deep draft ports in Louisiana where large quantities of port related cargo are transferred. Louisiana deep draft ports routinely rank among the top tonnage ports in the United States.
As a consequence, these water related companies provide numerous maritime jobs, both on land and off shore. Many of these maritime jobs are dangerous resulting in serious injuries and even death.
Injured? Seek a Maritime Attorney to Represent You.
The maritime attorneys of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. have dozens of years of combined legal experience in this complex field of maritime law and a proven reputation for successfully litigating on behalf of injured maritime workers. We have the commitment, as well as the resources to litigate Jones Act / Maritime Law cases for clients in all kinds of maritime professions.
We work with clients all across the Gulf Coast states and throughout the state of Louisiana including from such Louisiana cities and ports as:
If you live in Jackson, Mississippi yet work on the Mississippi River you may prefer to speak with Jackson Mississippi maritime attorneys if you have suffered a serious maritime injury.
Many marine vessel injuries are caused by a maritime employer’s failure to provide an adequate and well-trained crew or equipment failure on an unseaworthy vessel. Maritime employers have a duty to provide a seaworthy vessel and maintain equipment adequately.
The maritime lawyers of Gordon, Elias & Seely, L.L.P. hold maritime employers accountable when a serious marine vessel injury or offshore accident is a result of employer negligence or another crew member’s carelessness. Talk to one of our Louisiana maritime attorneys. We have helped many maritime families in Louisiana put their lives back together after a serious injury or devastating loss.
If you have been seriously injured Call us at 800-773-6770 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.