Cruise ship accidents can happen for various reasons. Sometimes incidents happen because of unforeseen circumstances, such as a passenger suffering a medical emergency from a pre-existing condition. Other times, accidents can take place because of negligence or violence onboard the vessel or offshore at a port the ship is calling on. One factor that can contribute to injuries for passengers is a strike. When crewmembers go on strike, things can get ugly. Sometimes protestors merely want to get their point across, but other times violence can ensue.
Recently, a national strike in Argentina left cruise operators worried that something might happen to their passengers. The strike caused delayed departures for ships in Ushuaia and travelers were left stranded, but not for long.
Cruise travelers looking forward to the commencement of the Antarctica cruise season were delayed for a day on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when a nationwide strike caused maritime operations to be suspended at Ushuaia, the departure port for Antarctic itineraries and the southernmost city in the world.
According to reports, two small expedition ships operated by One Ocean Expeditions were affected by the protests. The first vessel was the 92-passenger Akademik Ioffe, which had docked at the port early in the morning, despite a lack of workers at the pier. The second vessel was the 105-passenger Akademik Sergey Vavilov. One of the ship’s passengers failed to make it onboard due to the air strikes that were happening around the country. The other passengers had to wait until after midnight for the strike to end and for the vessels to depart.
The protests also caused a few Australian, Canadian and European passengers to experience delays flying home because certain flights were cancelled. Some chose to remain in Ushuaia overnight until they could make alternate arrangements.
The Antarctic cruise season is a popular one, beginning in mid-November and extending until March. Although no accidents were reported, passengers and vessel crewmembers could have been hurt while docked at the port. When accidents involving cruise ships, smaller chartered vessels or even ferry boats occur, those who are injured may seek legal help to file a case and protect their rights. Victims may be eligible to receive compensation for their pain and suffering, and that is what our cruise ship accident lawyers aim to do.
The cruise lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have spent over four decades defending and protecting the rights of those who have been injured in an accident at sea or in port and work diligently so victims can obtain justice for what they have suffered. To determine if you have a viable claim, contact our attorneys today and schedule a no-obligation consultation.