Maritime law is a set of laws that govern the way in which people interact with ships. It is concerned with issues such as the ownership and maintenance of vessels, the conduct of seafarers, marine insurance policies, ship boarding procedures, search and rescue, the enforcement of international treaties, and many other aspects that have to do with the operation of boats in navigable waters.
Disputes Over the Use of Territorial Waterways
One of the most important aspects of maritime law is the regulation of territorial waters. States have a right to claim exclusive economic zones that extend up to 200 miles offshore and can be used for certain activities, such as fishing or oil exploration.
Injuries to Crew Members and Passengers
The most common injuries involving a ship are related to a sailor’s or passenger’s work on a vessel. These injuries can result in damages such as lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional trauma.
Injuries to Passengers
Whether passengers are injured aboard a commercial or recreational boat, they have the right to seek compensation for their damages. They can do this through a personal injury claim if they can prove that their injuries were caused by the negligence of the ship owner or captain.
Injuries to Crew Members
Maritime workers are protected by a number of different laws, including the Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act or LHWCA. These laws are designed to provide a fair process for sailors to file claims against their employers if they sustain an injury while working at sea.