Hurricanes often wreak havoc on the maritime industry

by | Jul 6, 2021 | Maritime Law |

The 2021 hurricane season (June 1 to November 30) began with Tropical Storm Elsa as one of the first significant weather events to hit the Gulf of Mexico when it arrived in early July. Sixty percent of forecasters predict that the season will be more active than average, while 30% believe it will be average and 10% say it will be less active. This follows 2020’s historic level of storm activity.

They predict that this season will have 13-20 named storms (this occurs when winds rise above 39 mph). An estimated 6-10 will be hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). There may be 3-5 major hurricanes of category 3, 4 or 5.

Impact on the industry

Many still talk about 2005’s Hurricanes Katrina and Rita impact on the Gulf of Mexico. These storms caused dozens of major oil spills and thousands of smaller ones. These weather events endanger those working on the water. This is due to the weather and damage to equipment, facilities offshore and in port, and the dangers of the job exacerbated by weather.

Workers do get injured

In some instances, these catastrophes or incidents are acts of God, but many others involve negligence, poor management decisions before, during or after the storms. It can lead to maritime workers getting severely injured or worse. Those with questions or concerns about employer actions related to a storm may wish to consult a maritime law attorney to determine negligence.