Attorneys for the maritime worker
since 1970

February 2017

Is Your Paperwork In Order?PDF

This is just a reminder to keep your credentials current for the new year and submit your documents to the Coast Guard as soon as possible when such is required. It can save you aggravation and possible loss of employment in the future. Many of you may be in a holding pattern waiting for your credentials. As you probably are aware, the Coast Guard is experiencing a huge backlog, causing delays in processing documents due to the 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW. Although the Coast Guard has issued statements that these delays should not prejudice sailors, their statements are not binding and some shipowners are denying employment to those who do not have their credentials in order. If you are in this situation, please refer to the following link for information: International Maritime Organization Publication

Question From The Bridge

I submitted my paperwork to the Coast Guard but have been told that it’s still being processed. Can I still catch a ship? Joe B. Oakland, CA

Probably not, but it is up to the individual companies. You can ask your union representative to get involved and they can take it up with the company. However, at the end of the day the shipowners are more interested in protecting their own interests rather than helping you, so they are unlikely to take the risk. Unfortunately, you may just have to be patient and wait for your credential.

Temporary Address Change

We have relocated to San Francisco while our new Oakland space undergoes renovation from fire damage. We have offices on both sides of the Bay to serve you! Look for our Oakland opening sometime in late spring. In the meantime, please contact us at

The Law Offices of Cavin and Marks, Jr.
535 Pacific Avenue, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94133

Our phone and fax remain the same
Ph: 510-291-4743

About Our Law Firm

For more than four decades, merchant mariners, longshoremen, fishermen and harbor workers plying their trades at sea, on the docks, on our U.S. coastal waters and inland waterways have turned to the maritime law firm of Law Offices of Cavin and Marks, Jr. & Associates in Oakland. Today, we are proud to be recognized as one of the preeminent maritime law firms serving injured marine workers nationwide, as well as one of the most successful personal injury litigation firms serving victims of negligence in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the West Coast

Team Approach To Every Personal Injury And Jones Act Claim

When you retain Law Offices of Cavin and Marks, Jr. & Associates for a Jones Act injury claim; or personal injury claim, you don’t get just one attorney, you get our entire team of dedicated professionals. Our attorneys offer more than 150 combined years of courtroom and negotiated claims settlement experience. We will represent your interests with unwavering dedication, speed and expertise.