The Port of Cape Liberty is a popular cruise port located in Bayonne, New Jersey. The cruise port first opened in May of 2004. It is set within the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. More than 32,000 passenger ships have departed from the Port of Cape Liberty since its opening, and the port sees the second largest volume of passengers among the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coast ports.
The Port of Cape Liberty was formerly used as a Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY) and was one of the largest shipping terminals of its today. Although MOTBY stopped operating as a military facility in 1999, maritime and commercial development in the area has occurred. It is not only a port from which cruises leave, but it also remains a shipping port where workers load and unload cargo and work offshore, as well as on navigable vessels.
Injuries can happen to workers who are doing their jobs offshore from the Port of Cape Liberty. Those who depart on cruises from Bayonne, New Jersey are also at risk of sexual assault, injuries caused by negligent security or other injuries aboard cruise ships when boat operators fail to fulfill duties.
Whenever a worker or a consumer is hurt at the Port of Cape Liberty, offshore or on a vessel that departed from Bayonne, a maritime lawyer should be consulted to provide advice and representation. Cruise passengers who experience the traumatic effects of sexual assault will need a cruise ship rape lawyer who has handled these types of complex cases. Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. has helped many offshore workers and injured cruise passengers pursue claims for compensation after getting hurt or suffering the loss of a loved one.
Offshore Injuries Suffered at the Port of Cape Liberty
Many people working offshore at the Port of Cape Liberty are employed by companies that have an international presence. Cruise companies that depart from the Port are operated by Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines and departing ships include Quantum of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas and Summit.
Many boats and cruise ships are not considered U.S. ships. That being the case, a knowledgeable lawyer should be consulted to investigate injuries offshore and provide victims with a greater understanding of applicable international laws.
Because injuries can happen off the shores of the United States and companies responsible may not be based within the U.S., it can become complicated to determine where cases should be filed after injuries have occurred. Those who are working in Bayonne or who depart from the Port of Cape Liberty may also not live locally but may have a presence elsewhere in the United States. This can further complicate questions of what courts have jurisdiction over injury cases.
The question of where to file an injury claim is not the only legal issue faced by people injured while working offshore or while on a cruise. There may be multiple laws that could apply to provide a right to recover from harm. For example, the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and the Death on the High Seas Act all apply to different workers who do their jobs on Harbors and offshore vessels.
Because of the complexities associated with offshore injuries, it is important to have a maritime or admiralty lawyer to provide you with legal representation.
Let LM&W, P.A. Help You With Your Case
Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. is a firm focused on admiralty and maritime law, including cruise ship rape cases. We bring unparalleled experience to the table to help individuals who suffered offshore injuries after leaving from Bayonne, New Jersey or while working at the Port of Cape Liberty. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you. We can be reached at 877-233-1238 or contact us online.