Maritime law is an umbrella term that refers to the laws that regulate the seas and navigable waters. It covers a wide range of matters including contracts, torts, offenses and injuries that arise from the marine industry.
It is important to consult an attorney who has experience in this area of law if you are involved in any dispute with a ship or have suffered injury while aboard a commercial vessel. These cases are very complex, and it is critical that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who can provide you with the representation you need to ensure you obtain fair compensation for your loss.
The IMO is the main body of maritime law, and it is responsible for the enforcement of international conventions governing shipping and other issues related to marine safety. It oversees registrations, licensing, regulations, conventions, contracts, crimes, insurance policies and civil issues.
In addition, a number of international conventions are enforced by individual signatory nations. These include a number of maritime trade and commerce conventions, such as the Bill of Lading, Rotterdam Rules and Visby Amendments.
Jones Act: The Jones Act is a law that ensures that seamen are entitled to receive medical care free of charge until they reach maximum medical improvement (MMI). It also provides that an employer must pay for these expenses regardless of whether the seaman was at fault in the accident.
Doctrine of Unseaworthiness: The Doctrine of Unseaworthiness is another law that protects the rights of seamen and ensures that they receive adequate training, equipment, and medical care. It requires a ship owner to maintain and equip their vessels properly.