SOURCE: Oceanic Research and Recovery

May 06, 2010 11:07 ET

The Federal Court Rules in Favor of RS Operations Regarding the Research Vessel Beacon

PEORIA, IL--(Marketwire - May 6, 2010) -  Oceanic Research and Recovery Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ORRV), a marine salvage and exploration company, today announced that the Federal Court for the Southern District of Alabama has ruled in favor of RS Operations and the Research Vessel Beacon.

On March 3rd, 2009, crewmen who had been employed on the RV Beacon filed suit for back wages owed to them and sought to claim additional monies through invocation of the Penalty Wage Statute of the Jones Act. The Penalty Wage Statute is a provision of the Jones Act that is meant to prevent the deliberate exploitation of seamen by their employers. Highly punitive in nature, the Penalty Wage Statute allows a crewman to claim twice their normal daily wage for each day that payment is not made.

Through testimony and presentation of evidence, the company successfully demonstrated that it made all good faith efforts to pay the crewman at the time; the company's inability to pay was due to circumstances beyond its control; there was no malicious intent or malfeasance on the part of the company.

The company is now working with its legal team to arrange final payment of the legitimate, outstanding claims and lift the federal arrest of the RV Beacon.

"We're all very pleased to see that the court ruled in our favor, but it's a shame it took so long to resolve this; we never wanted to take it all the way to Federal Court," said Scott Heimdal, CEO of the Company.

"We're looking forward to getting her back in the water," continued Mr. Heimdal. "We've got a lot of work to get done and several great sites to investigate."

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