Grays Harbor is an estuary bay located entirely within Washington State. It is just north of Willapa Bay and at the base of the Olympic Peninsula. The bay, which is fed from the Chehalis River from the east, is roughly 17 miles long and 12 miles wide. Several prominent maritime centers are located on Grays Harbor including Aberdeen and Westport. The Port of Grays Harbor is bustling year-round and consists of four marine terminals, the Westport Marina, and other support structures. The port's four deep-water terminals and five berths include:
Terminal 1 - liquid bulk commodity shipping access to port customers Renewable Energy Group (REG) and BWC Terminals
Terminal 2 - bulk loading facility for oilseeds, grains, and related agribusiness products
Terminal 3 - deep-water access with on-site rail connection to both Class 1 railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific through Genesee & Wyoming’s Puget Sound and Pacific Railroad
Terminal 4 - general cargo operations such as breakbulk, roll-on-roll-off, and project cargo
Thanks largely to the deepening of the Grays Harbor Navigation Channel, the Port of Grays Harbor regularly handles over 3 million metric tons of cargo annually. Including the fish caught in Westport, Grays Harbor is consistently rated the number one seafood landing port in Washington State. With the bay's dramatic impact on the regional and state economies, it is no surprise that Grays Harbor hosts hundreds of vessels a year, ranging from commercial fishing vessels to large commercial shipping vessels, and everything in between.
It would be understatement to say that the brave men and women working in the Grays Harbor maritime industry are crucial. They are the heart and soul of southwestern Washington. As such, their health and wellbeing should be prioritized on the job. Those maritime employees that are unfortunately injured or killed working on or around Grays Harbor may be entitled to money damages. Mariner Law, PLLC is available to help evaluate and advance these claims. With the firm's maritime law expertise in personal injury law, offshore crewmember and shoreside worker clients can rest assured that their best interests will be pursued.
Maritime accidents happen with unfortunate regularity in and around Grays Harbor. All too often, these accidents arise from negligence and result in a worker's death or serious injury. If you or a loved one was injured or killed working on Grays Harbor, you may be able to obtain compensation. Mariner and longshore claims that arise from Grays Harbor can include:
Slip and fall accidents
Enclosed spaces injuries
Maritime law can be hard to understand even for people that went to law school. It is an old form of law and very protective of merchant seamen. If your life has been forever changed by a maritime accident, Mariner Law, PLLC may be able to help you investigate your case and decide what the next steps should be. The Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) can provide compensation for seamen or shore workers from vessel owners, employers, and others whose neglect may have been the cause of mariner's bodily harm. Further, the maritime law doctrine of Maintenance and Cure may supply payment for room and board and medical expenses through a worker's recovery.
At Mariner Law, PLLC, the firm prides itself on knowledge and experience handling maritime cases. In fact, maritime injuries are the only cases handled by the firm. Maritime Lawyer Adam Deitz is prepared and may be available to pursue compensation for you or your loved one impacted by the negligence of another. To find out what Mariner Law, PLLC can do to help in your case, call (253) 600-2531 and schedule a free consultation with a seasoned Washington maritime lawyer.