George Barlow started going to sea as a deck hand in 1974. He was twenty‐three. In 1986, after working aboard ships for more than a decade, and without ever having attended college, he passed the merchant marine officer’s exam, licensing him to serve as an officer aboard U.S. flagged cargo vessels. In 1992 he received his master’s license, the merchant marine equivalent of a captain’s qualification. Now retired, Barlow never actually took command of a ship, but did spend his whole career at sea aboard various vessels. In March 2007, Barlow took a job as third mate on the last of these vessels, the Motor Vessel Liberty Sun, a 33,000‐ton, 738‐foot‐long cargo ship.
Two months after Barlow took the job, the Liberty Sun steamed up the Amazon River to the Hermasa floating grain elevator in the port of Itacoatiara, Brazil. Feeder barges bring grain, or in this case soy beans, from shore to the terminal to be loaded onto larger seagoing vessels like the Liberty Sun, which moor in the river alongside the terminal.
Judge(s): Richard Wesley
Jurisdiction: U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Related Categories: Employment , Torts
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|Plaintiff Lawyer(s)||Plaintiff Law Firm(s)|
|James Maloney||Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP|
|Ralph Mellusi||Tabak Mellusi & Shisha LLP|
|Defendant Lawyer(s)||Defendant Law Firm(s)|
|Elizabeth McCoy||Hill Betts & Nash LLP|
|Gregory O’Neill||Hill Betts & Nash LLP|
|Thomas Rittweger||Hill Betts & Nash LLP|