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Maritime Update: Tension Leg Platform Not a Vessel

Baker v. Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, No. 15-60634

On August 19, the 5th Circuit again confirmed that a denial of benefits was appropriate under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) to an employee allegedly injured in the employer’s waterside marine fabrication yard while building a housing module designed for use on a tension leg offshore oil platform (TLP). The court held that the TLP is not a vessel and that plaintiff’s activities did not have a sufficiently substantial nexus to outer continental shelf (OCS) operations.

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