Marine suit – Authentic Seattle Mariner Shop http://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 09:15:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-36.png Marine suit – Authentic Seattle Mariner Shop http://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/ 32 32 Judge skeptical of Sikh lawsuit over Marine Corps beard ban https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/judge-skeptical-of-sikh-lawsuit-over-marine-corps-beard-ban/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 02:07:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/judge-skeptical-of-sikh-lawsuit-over-marine-corps-beard-ban/ By Khorri Atkinson (June 28, 2022, 10:07 p.m. EDT) – Three Sikhs suing to stop the Marine Corps from forcing them to shave their beards during basic training faced strong skepticism on Tuesday after a judge DC Federal has repeatedly suggested the prospect recruits could join other branches of the military that have relaxed boot […]]]>
By Khorri Atkinson (June 28, 2022, 10:07 p.m. EDT) – Three Sikhs suing to stop the Marine Corps from forcing them to shave their beards during basic training faced strong skepticism on Tuesday after a judge DC Federal has repeatedly suggested the prospect recruits could join other branches of the military that have relaxed boot camp rules.

Senior U.S. Judge Richard J. Leon, who is hearing the men’s preliminary injunction bid against the Marine Corps, probed attorneys for both sides during closing arguments. But the judge often didn’t seem fully convinced that the Marine Corps’ refusal to allow Jaskirat Singh, Aekash Singh and Milaap Singh Chahal to wear their uncut…

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Will Tina Charles adapt to the Storm? Plus the weekly WNBA schedule https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/will-tina-charles-adapt-to-the-storm-plus-the-weekly-wnba-schedule/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 20:38:04 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/will-tina-charles-adapt-to-the-storm-plus-the-weekly-wnba-schedule/ The WNBA returns with a full slate of competitions and viewers were treated to games every day this week. Just women’s sports has three scenarios to watch as the action continues. Is Tina Charles going to dress for Seattle? The Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles shocked the league when the team announced on Saturday that […]]]>

The WNBA returns with a full slate of competitions and viewers were treated to games every day this week.

Just women’s sports has three scenarios to watch as the action continues.

Is Tina Charles going to dress for Seattle?

The Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles shocked the league when the team announced on Saturday that it had agreed to a contract divorce from the star center. Charles signed a one-year contract with the Mercury in February, appearing in 16 games with the team during the 2022 regular season.

“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was best for the two parties to go their separate ways at this time,” Mercury chief executive Jim Pitman said in a press release. “Due to circumstances both within our control and beyond our control, our season has not gone to plan, and we will continue to seek all avenues of improvement.”

According to multiple reports, Charles is set to join the Seattle Storm, although the team is yet to comment on the rumours.

If Charles clears the waivers and signs with Seattle in time for their midweek game against league-leading Las Vegas, she could appear for the Storm as early as Wednesday. It’s unlikely a team will have the cap space to agree to Charles’ pre-divorce contract, so once she clears the waivers, she will become an unrestricted free agent and Seattle can sign her.

The 33-year-old adds a post presence to the Seattle squad, which already boasts the offensive firepower of Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird. Charles is still in the hunt for his first WNBA championship, with the Storm also hoping to win the league trophy at the end of the year to send Bird to the top.

The sky has the first place in sight

The Chicago Sky put on a thrilling performance in their home game against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, following a historic comeback against the Aces on Tuesday. Now the Sky are looking to extend their winning streak to four games as they face Connecticut on Wednesday and Phoenix on Saturday.

Sitting just half a game behind league-leading Las Vegas, Chicago has a chance to dethrone the Aces at the top of the table.

Sky’s offense has been stellar, leading the league in field goal percentage at 47 while falling behind the Aces in three-point percentage at 35.9. Courtney Vandersloot, a key team enabler, has finished in the double digits in Sky’s last six games for her best goalscoring streak since 2020.

Is New York the real deal?

The New York Liberty are enjoying a two-game winning streak, turning around a season that got off to a slow start.

Sabrina Ionescu has been in tears since picking up her second career triple-double on June 12, nearly repeating the feat in her last four matches. The addition of Marine Johannes has been critical for New York, with the French star joining Ionescu as the team’s sniper.

The Liberty released Crystal Dangerfield from her hardship contract on Friday, but could bring her back in early July with roster engineering. How the team will fare without her and whether or not New York can continue their climb up the WNBA rankings will be in question as they take on the Atlanta Dream on Thursday and the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.

Full schedule

Monday, June 27

  • Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook.com/Indianafever
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Tuesday, June 28

  • Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
  • Dallas Wings vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3

Wednesday, June 29

  • Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky at 12 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime

Thursday June 30

  • Atlanta Dream vs. New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET on Twitter

friday july 1st

  • Los Angeles Sparks vs. Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook

Saturday July 2

  • Phoenix Mercury vs. Chicago Sky at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday July 3

  • Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream at 3 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
  • Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Reveals First Synopsis, Character Cast & Official Release Date https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/mobile-suit-gundam-the-witch-from-mercury-reveals-first-synopsis-character-cast-official-release-date/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:53:30 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/mobile-suit-gundam-the-witch-from-mercury-reveals-first-synopsis-character-cast-official-release-date/ Bandai Namco’s next mainline entry into the granddaddy of all mecha franchises, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, recently unveiled a host of new information for eager fans, including the series’ first synopsis, a preview of its main cast of characters, and – perhaps most excitingly – its official release date. Source: Mobile Suit […]]]>

Bandai Namco’s next mainline entry into the granddaddy of all mecha franchises, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury, recently unveiled a host of new information for eager fans, including the series’ first synopsis, a preview of its main cast of characters, and – perhaps most excitingly – its official release date.

Source: Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch of Mercury (2022) PV 1, Bandai Namco Filmworks

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This flurry of new information made its way into the public eye on June 17, thanks to a massive update to the series’ official webpage.

Starting with the synopsis, Bandai Namco revealed that the series will apparently be set in the 122nd year of the all-new AS (Ad Stella) timeline, a time when “a host of corporations have entered space and built a massive economic system”.

Noting that the story begins when “a lonely girl from the distant planet Mercury transfers to the Asticassia School of Technology, run by the Beneritt Group which dominates the mobile suit industry”, the production team went on to present the daughter as the series’ redheaded main protagonist, Suletta Mercury, who “With a scarlet light burning in her pure heart, walks step by step through a new world

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

The synopsis also revealed the name of the series’ main redheaded protagonist, introducing her as Suletta Mercury, who

As her official biography develops, the Suletta is “a sophomore in the piloting department, who transferred to the school from Mercury.”

Described as “shy and a bit [lacking in] communication skills,” Suletta will pilot the previously revealed Gundam Antenna sporting the title character’s color scheme.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

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Alongside Suletta, Bandai Namco also introduced a number of his Asticassia school classmates.

The first is Marine Rembran, “an attractive and academically distinguished sophomore in the Management Strategy Department”, who is “the only daughter of Delling Rembran, President of the Beneritt Group and Chair of the School’s Board of Trustees.” “.

Unsurprisingly, in the face of this pressure, Marine “has a strong feeling of insubordination towards her father”.

Notably, since she’s in the management strategy department rather than the piloting department, Marine is the only one of the five characters revealed to not have her own Mobile Suit signature.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

And then there’s Guel Jetruk, “an heir to Jeturk Heavy Machinery, one of the group’s three branches, and a third-year student in the piloting department.

Although he has “a rough temper and is quick to anger”, the pink-haired youngster is also known as “the ace pilot of Jeturk House”, a nickname and reputation that has given him “a absolute confidence in one’s own skills”.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

Serving his role, Guel pilots the beetle-themed “Guel’s Dilanza” – a spec that indicates his mobile suit may have undergone a high degree of customization.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

Then comes Elan Ceres, “the best pilot supported by Peil Technologies, one of the three branches of the group”.

“A third-year student in the piloting department, Elan is a taciturn and solitary person, who does not open his heart to anyone at school,” writes Bandai Namco. “He has an interest in Suletta.”

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

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Elan is also the pilot of the sleek Gundam Pharact.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

Rounding out those initial revelations is Shaddiq Zenelli, “an adopted child of the CEO of Grassley Defense Systems, one of the three branches of the group” and “a third-year student in the piloting department who runs Grassley House.”

Shaddiq, although still a student, “a well-spoken, carefree ladies’ man”, also showed his talent in business, [as] he is a candidate for the leadership of the next generation.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

Like fellow ace pilots Guel and Elan, Shaddiq sits behind the controls of his own unique Mobile Suit, in this case the royal Michaelis.

Source: Official website of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury (2022), Bandai Namco Filmworks

Finally, Bandai Namco has confirmed that the series will begin airing in Japan on Sunday, October 2.

Although no details were given, the company also confirmed that it had “simulcast planned outside of Japan”.

Additionally, on July 14, Bandai Namco will host a preview screening of the foreword episode of The Witch From Mercury, aptly named PROLOGUE, at each of the Gundam Factory locations in Yokohama, Odaiba, Fukuoka and Shanghai – otherwise known as the Houses of Life. -size RX-78, Unicorn, RX-93ffv, and Freedom Gundam, respectively.

Are you excited about Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch From Mercury? Let us know your thoughts on social media or in the comments below!

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Harley Franco loses wrongful termination lawsuit against Centerline https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/harley-franco-loses-wrongful-termination-lawsuit-against-centerline/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 01:44:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/harley-franco-loses-wrongful-termination-lawsuit-against-centerline/ Harley Franco, then CEO of Harley Marine, 2017 (Centerline) Posted on June 21, 2022 9:44 PM by The Maritime Executive The former CEO of Centerline Logistics (formerly Harley Marine) has lost a wrongful termination lawsuit, ending the saga of the company’s transition to new management. […]]]>

Harley Franco, then CEO of Harley Marine, 2017 (Centerline)

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The former CEO of Centerline Logistics (formerly Harley Marine) has lost a wrongful termination lawsuit, ending the saga of the company’s transition to new management.


After a month-long civil jury trial in Washington State Superior Court in King County, bunker and oil barge operator Centerline Logistics, CEO Matthew Godden and co-owner Macquarie Capital won in a case brought by former CEO and co-owner Harley Franco.


Godden was one of two Harley Marine directors who voted to oust Franco in July 2018 over allegations of financial misconduct. The initial attempt was not successful, and Franco was quickly reinstated after appealing to a Seattle court for an injunction. Around the same time, Macquarie – the company’s co-owner – sued Franco for an alleged “long and extensive series of misconduct” to divert hundreds of thousands of dollars of company resources for his personal use. . Franco denied the charges and alleged he was deported because he refused to sell his business.


In January 2019, Franco “voluntarily agreed to step down to allow a search for a new CEO”, citing the disruption caused by the dispute. After he left, he followed up with a lawsuit in Washington State against (now renamed) Centerline and Macquarie. That wrongful dismissal lawsuit is now over, Centerline said Tuesday.


“We are pleased to have this baseless lawsuit behind us and will now seek reimbursement from Franco for the company’s misappropriated assets,” Godden said in a statement.


The center line has changed since Franco left. The company recovered part of Bouchard Transportation’s now defunct ATB fleet; he arranged a trade to take over Foss’s bunkering operations in Los Angeles and San Francisco; he unified the many Harley Marine divisions under one brand; and it is heading towards entering the LNG fueling business.





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Group Files Lawsuit Against NH Affidavit Voting Law | New Hampshire https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/group-files-lawsuit-against-nh-affidavit-voting-law-new-hampshire/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:28:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/group-files-lawsuit-against-nh-affidavit-voting-law-new-hampshire/ Hours after Governor Chris Sununu signed the controversial Republican-backed affidavit voting bill into law on Friday, opponents filed a lawsuit calling it unconstitutional, demanding it not be enforced. Critics say SB 418 is intended to suppress voting and will make it especially difficult for the military to vote. Supporters insist it is important for New […]]]>

Hours after Governor Chris Sununu signed the controversial Republican-backed affidavit voting bill into law on Friday, opponents filed a lawsuit calling it unconstitutional, demanding it not be enforced.

Critics say SB 418 is intended to suppress voting and will make it especially difficult for the military to vote. Supporters insist it is important for New Hampshire election verification.

The lawsuit claims SB 418 violates the New Hampshire Constitution by making it impossible for city and town clerks to report election results to the Secretary of State’s office “within five days of the election” and delaying certification of the final vote until at least seven days after an election.

After signing SB 418 on Friday after expressing reservations about it, Sununu released this statement:

“New Hampshire’s Secretary of State (David Scanlan) is our state’s primary authority on elections, and he has given me full assurances that this bill does not affect the state’s ability to obtain the military ballots on time, and that our processes will work without delay or hindrance to its passage.

“New Hampshire’s elections have been and will continue to be safe, reliable and accurate – and this bill will not change those facts,” Sununu said.

On Saturday, Anna Fay, spokesperson for the Secretary of State, responded to InDepthNH.org with a quote from Scanlan.

“The Secretary of State believes this bill can be successfully implemented without affecting the rights of New Hampshire voters, and especially our veterans and active military personnel,” Scanlan said.

The lawsuit quoted Scanlan saying, “After the General Court passed the bill, Secretary Scanlan explained that he had ‘just raised, you know, that there might be a constitutional problem with [SB 418], and I did. But if the bill becomes law, then we’ll administer it and leave it to someone else.

Under SB 418, a voter who registers for the first time to vote on Election Day and does not have valid photo identification must vote by affidavit.

The vote is “serialized, segregated and subject to removal from the official vote count if the voter does not provide identification within seven days of the election,” according to the lawsuit.

Voters who are unable to comply with the process necessary to have an affidavit ballot counted will be referred to the Attorney General for investigation and possible criminal penalties.

After Sununu signed the bill, House Elections Act Chair Barbara Griffin, R-Goffstown, said in a press release:

“SB 418 continues to allow anyone who shows up at the polls on Election Day to vote. This bill does not deal with citizenship, it deals with positive identification, a voting requirement that has been confirmed to be legal across the country. This is a meaningful verification of that identification within seven days of the election.

“The Office of the Secretary of State has advised that this bill contains sufficient time to deal with the issuance of military and foreign ballots and that this bill would have no effect on the issuance of these to voters on time,” Griffin said.

House Democratic Leader Rep. David E. Cote, D-Nashua, said the new law jeopardizes the rights of foreign voters.

“The Governor should never have signed this bill without first seeking an opinion from the Supreme Court on its constitutionality, as the Secretary of State (Scanlan) proposed,” Côté said.

“Our military leaders and local election officials have repeatedly explained how SB 418 would complicate elections and jeopardize the rights of foreign voters, especially those serving in our armed forces. The GOP’s obsession with finding new ways to suppress voters is having real and damaging effects on our democracy, and House Democrats will work to change this law before it takes effect.

Rep. Ross Berry, R-Manchester, said: “The problem with our election is that voters in New Hampshire are rapidly losing confidence. Here in the state of New Hampshire, nothing is required of you to vote. This bill is for people who show up at the polls on election day, who are not registered to vote, and who register to vote with nothing.

Olivia Zink, Executive Director of Open Democracy, said, “New Hampshire already has an incredibly secure voter registration and election process. SB 418 is a solution in search of a problem and will impair the ability of students, those moving to New Hampshire, and our military overseas to vote.

The lawsuit was filed in South Hillsborough County Superior Court against Secretary of State David Scanlan and Attorney General John Formella by 603 Forward, Open Democracy Action, Louise Spencer, Kent Street Coalition co-founder Edward Friedrich, former 1st Lieutenant in the United States. Marine Corps and Jordan Thompson, Executive Director of Black Lives Matter Nashua.

The lawsuit, conducted by the Elias Law Group in Washington, DC, was submitted by Steven J. Dutton and Amanda Quinlan of Manchester law firm McLane Middleton and Chichester attorney Paul Twomey.

Current law that is in effect until SB 418 goes into effect January 1, 2023, to register to vote in New Hampshire, including on Election Day, requires being an 18-year-old U.S. citizen. years or older and residing in the city or neighborhood where they want to vote, which can be proven by signing a Qualified Voter Affidavit, under oath, in front of an election official if they have no documents. They must also prove that they are domiciled where they intend to vote, which can also be satisfied by signing an affidavit of domicile.

The lawsuit alleges, “The impacts of SB 418 are significant and will have broad negative impacts on the voting rights of fully legal and eligible voters in New Hampshire.

“Many new registrants will be required to vote by affidavit and could have their affidavit ballot voided by the Secretary of State and even subject to criminal investigation, all for the ‘crime’ of not having or present a specific form of identification,” according to the lawsuit.

Many other voters will also be affected by SB 418 with longer lines at the polls due to confusion over how to vote.

“Rather than face longer lines and confusing forms, many voters will simply choose not to vote at all,” the lawsuit states. It can also determine the outcome of certain races.

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A green group threatens a suit to protect the coral https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral/ By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands. The center’s […]]]>
By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands.

The center’s 60-day notice of intent to sue says the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to finalize a plan to designate critical habitat for 12 coral species in U.S. territorial waters that are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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A green group threatens a suit to protect the coral https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral-2/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral-2/ By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands. The center’s […]]]>
By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands.

The center’s 60-day notice of intent to sue says the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to finalize a plan to designate critical habitat for 12 coral species in U.S. territorial waters that are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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A green group threatens a suit to protect the coral https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral-3/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 21:00:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/a-green-group-threatens-a-suit-to-protect-the-coral-3/ By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands. The center’s […]]]>
By Greg Lamm (June 16, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EDT) – The Center for Biological Diversity said Wednesday it plans to file a lawsuit to force the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect 12 endangered species of coral off the coast of coasts of Florida, the Caribbean and around Guam and other Pacific islands.

The center’s 60-day notice of intent to sue says the National Marine Fisheries Service has failed to finalize a plan to designate critical habitat for 12 coral species in U.S. territorial waters that are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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‘Midshipman-X’ revealed, sues Maersk https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/midshipman-x-revealed-sues-maersk/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:12:23 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/midshipman-x-revealed-sues-maersk/ A US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipman who shook the shipping industry last year when, going by the nickname ‘Midshipman-X’, publicly described how she was raped by her superior officer while she was serving as an engine student aboard a Maersk freighter, was revealed as Hope Hicks. Hicks is one of two USMMA students represented […]]]>

A US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipman who shook the shipping industry last year when, going by the nickname ‘Midshipman-X’, publicly described how she was raped by her superior officer while she was serving as an engine student aboard a Maersk freighter, was revealed as Hope Hicks.

Hicks is one of two USMMA students represented by Sanford Heisler Sharp and Maritime Legal Solutions, who said on Tuesday they filed two related lawsuits in New York state court against Maersk Line, alleging the company had failed to adequately protect midshipmen from sexual assault and sexual harassment while working aboard their ships under the USMMA Sea Year program.

The first complaint was filed on behalf of Hicks, and the second was filed on behalf of another USMMA student, “Midshipman-Y,” who the complaint alleges was so severely sexually harassed aboard a Maersk ship during her seafaring year that she slept with clenched fists. a knife for protection.

The USMMA Sea Year program requires, as a prerequisite for graduation, students to work on commercial vessels for months to gain hands-on shipboard experience. Maersk and other commercial shipping companies contract with the federal government and receive grants in exchange for, among other things, employing USMMA students during their maritime year.

Hicks’ complaint alleges that she was the only woman aboard her assigned ship Maersk during her maritime year in 2019 and that while on board she was raped by one of the ship’s senior officers, a man more than 40 years her senior. According to the complaint, when Hicks confronted the officer, she was told no one would believe her if she made a report. According to the complaint, Hicks suffers from severe and continuing emotional distress as a result of the traumatic events she experienced on the ship Maersk.

The Midshipman-Y’s complaint alleges that she suffered extreme sexual harassment, unwanted touching and discrimination aboard the same Maersk ship two years later. According to the complaint, the Midshipman-Y was severely sexually harassed by a crew member who was known to other Maersk officers and crew to be violent. Although crew members and officers supposedly knew about the harassment, no one intervened or reported the misconduct. The complaint further alleges that Midshipman-Y was treated less favorably than male crew members because of his gender. Driven to desperation, at the first opportunity, the midshipman-Y pleaded with USMMA officials to get her off the ship before her required sea time was over. As a result of the traumatic experience, Midshipman-Y has had to take an academic setback and doesn’t know if she will ever be emotionally capable of completing USMMA.

According to both complaints, Maersk was aware of the prevalence of sexual assault and harassment on its ships. Specifically, US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx suspended the Sea Year program in 2016 amid allegations of widespread sexual assault and harassment of cadets on Sea Year voyages. Once reinstated, the regulations required Maersk and other shipping companies participating in the Sea Year program to adopt and enforce procedures to protect against sexual assault and harassment of USMMA midshipmen aboard their ships.

Representatives of the US Maritime Administration (MARAD), which oversees USMMA, and Maersk did not immediately respond to MarineLink’s request for comment.

“What happened to Hope and Midshipman-Y was both foreseeable and preventable by Maersk,” said Steven J. Kelly, partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp and attorney for the plaintiffs. “Maersk recognized that it had a special duty of care to USMMA cadets, but even after the Sea Year program was reinstated in 2017, Maersk failed to implement and enforce adequate policies and procedures to protect these young women.

The complaint alleges that even after the Sea Year program was temporarily suspended in 2016, Maersk was complacent about its sexual assault and harassment prevention functions. According to the complaint, Maersk’s indifference to her duties was evident when one of Hicks’ Maersk supervisors instructed her to log on to a computer and complete the required sexual assault and harassment training on behalf of a number of other crew members. Following the publication of the Midshipman-X story, Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg again suspended the Sea Year program in November 2021.

“Speaking out against a powerful company is intimidating, which is why, until now, Hope has refused to reveal his identity, opting instead for the moniker Midshipman-X,” said Christine Dunn, partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp. and lawyer. for complainants. “But, today, Hope is publicly identifying herself in an effort to seek justice for the sexual assault and harassment she and others – like Midshipman-Y – have endured aboard Maersk ships.”

Ryan Melogy, founder of Maritime Legal Solutions and co-attorney for the plaintiffs, who himself is a graduate of the USMMA, noted that “For years there have been reports of widespread sexual assault and harassment in the shipping industry, but nothing has changed. Now, real change could finally be on the way thanks to the bravery of survivors like Hope and Midshipman-Y. These brave young women are standing up, speaking out and saying, ‘It must stop!”

The complaints claim that Maersk’s conduct violates the Jones Act because the plaintiffs’ injuries were directly caused by Maersk’s negligence and failure to provide a seaworthy vessel. Hicks’ complaint also alleges a violation of New York’s human rights law, while the aspirant-Y’s complaint alleges violations of New York’s human rights law and the title VII. Complaints require a trial by jury.


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Clyde & Co. wins cost security in £9million negligence suit https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/clyde-co-wins-cost-security-in-9million-negligence-suit/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:10:00 +0000 https://authenticseattlemarinershop.com/clyde-co-wins-cost-security-in-9million-negligence-suit/ By Sophia Dourou (June 10, 2022, 5:10 p.m. BST) – A London judge has ordered two Nigerian shipping companies to post a bond to cover the costs of Clyde & Co. LLP in the event of the loss of the £9 million (7, $3 million) negligence suit against the company. High Court Judge Robin Knowles […]]]>
By Sophia Dourou (June 10, 2022, 5:10 p.m. BST) – A London judge has ordered two Nigerian shipping companies to post a bond to cover the costs of Clyde & Co. LLP in the event of the loss of the £9 million (7, $3 million) negligence suit against the company.

High Court Judge Robin Knowles said on Friday there was a “real risk” that the firms would refuse to cover Clyde & Co.’s costs if the lawsuit they brought against it failed. The judge ordered costs security for a total of £625,000 ($770,000) to be paid in two stages.

The law firm had argued that Nigerian companies were “obstructing and resisting every…

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