Maritime Law - Guide to Admiralty Law
“Maritime law” is used interchangeably with “admiralty law”. It refers to the laws and regulations that deal with injures and accidents that occur at sea, mutiny and other crimes aboard ship, alleged violations of the rules of the sea over shipping lanes, rights-of-way, maritime contracts and commerce. These laws solely oversee activities at sea or in any navigable waters, which include territorial and international waters. They also involve transactions with shipping or ocean fishery.
U.S Federal District Courts hold jurisdiction over admiralty matters in the U.S. and judgments in these cases may be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Though, Congress has granted jurisdiction simultaneously to state courts in some admiralty matters. Visit us at Google+ Copyright HG.org
Admiralty and Maritime Law - US
- ABA - Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section brings together plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys and insurance industry counsel for the exchange of information and ideas. The Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee strives to serve as the primary resource for admiralty and maritime law tort and insurance practice education and knowledge.
- Admiralty and Maritime Law Guide
The Admiralty and Maritime Law Guide includes over 1,500 annotated links to admiralty law resources on the Internet and a growing database of admiralty case digests, opinions and international maritime conventions.
- Admiralty Law - Overview
Admiralty law or maritime law is the distinct body of law (both substantive and procedural) governing navigation and shipping. Topics associated with this field in legal reference works may include: shipping; navigation; waters; commerce; seamen; towage; wharves, piers, and docks; insurance; maritime liens; canals; and recreation. Piracy (ship hijacking) is also an aspect of admiralty.
- Admiralty Law - Wikipedia
Admiralty law (also referred to as maritime law) is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. It is a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities which operate vessels on the oceans.
- DOT - Maritime Administration
The Maritime Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation dealing with waterborne transportation. Its programs promote the use of waterborne transportation and its seamless integration with other segments of the transportation system, and the viability of the U.S. merchant marine. The Maritime Administration works in many areas involving ships and shipping, shipbuilding, port operations, vessel operations, national security, environment, and safety. The Maritime Administration is also charged with maintaining the health of the merchant marine, since commercial mariners, vessels, and intermodal facilities are vital for supporting national security, and so the agency provides support and information for current mariners, extensive support for educating future mariners, and programs to educate America's young people about the vital role the maritime industry plays in the lives of all Americans.
- Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) was established as an independent regulatory agency by Reorganization Plan No. 7, effective August 12, 1961. Prior to that time, the Federal Maritime Board was responsible for both the regulation of ocean commerce and the promotion of the United States Merchant Marine. Under the reorganization plan, the shipping laws of the U.S. were separated into two categories: regulatory and promotional. The newly created FMC was charged with the administration of the regulatory provisions of the shipping laws.
- Maritime Law Cases
Your Jones Act free resource for maritime injury recovery solutions. Federal Circuits' & State Decisions, Jones Act issues, Questions and answers.
- Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) - Department of Homeland Security
The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) is an Act of Congress enacted by the 107th United States Congress to address port and waterway security. It was signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 25, 2002.
- Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998
The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 (OSRA) represents a significant change in the regulation of the maritime shipping industry by the U.S. government. In considering OSRA, Congress was faced with the challenge of balancing the need to deregulate the maritime shipping industry with the requirement to provide oversight of ocean carrier practices. The legislation that emerged does so while recognizing that the industry is undergoing significant changes in its structure and in the nature of competition between carriers.
- United States Coast Guard
For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
- US Code - Navigation and Navigable Waters
Regulations by Secretary of the Army for navigation of waters generally; Regulations for navigation of South and Southwest Passes of Mississippi River; penalties; Regulations to prevent injuries from target practice; Water gauges on Mississippi River and tributaries; Use of Government iron pier in Delaware Bay; Toll free rivers in Alabama; Des Moines River as toll free; Waters in Louisiana Purchase as public highways; Authority for compact between Middle Northwest States as to jurisdiction of offenses committed on boundary waters; Port Arthur Ship Canal.
- US Code - Shipping Laws and Regulations
Title 46 of the United States Code outlines the role of shipping in the United States Code.
- US Navy
The mission of the Navy is to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.
Organizations Related to Admiralty and Maritime Law - U.S.
- Maritime Law Association (MLA)
MLA was founded in 1899 and today is the primary maritime law organization in the United States with over 3,600 members. The site provides a directory of its membership and an events calendar of significant maritime law related seminars and meetings.
- Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA)
In 1963, a small group of individuals active in maritime arbitration in New York saw the need to form an organization to promote sound arbitration and to establish ethical standards for its membership. They created the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. (SMA), a professional, non-profit organization, to meet these needs.
Publications Related to Admiralty and Maritime Law
- American Maritime Cases
Since its founding in 1923 by practicing maritime lawyers, American Maritime Cases has earned a reputation as the method to research all significant maritime decisions rendered by United States (Federal and State) courts. It also reports legislative action, administrative law decisions, arbitration decisions, Maritime Law Association of the U.S. source material and other items which are deemed significant to researching U.S. and Canadian law from time to time.
- Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce
The Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, a scholarly publication devoted to all aspects of admiralty and maritime law, including the law of the sea. In addition to information about the Journal's history, policies, and activities, you'll also find profiles of the Editors and Editorial Board.
- Lloyd's Maritime Law Newsletter
A fee based newsletter concerning shipping law with links to the Lloyd's Law Reports and coverage of London and New York arbitrations.
Articles on HG.org Related to Admiralty and Maritime Law
- The Application of VAT Exemptions on Commercial Yachts Registered Under the Malta FlagIn the judgement S&D Yachts Limited vs MY Nautonnier delivered by the Court of Magistrates in Malta on the 3rd May 2013, it was held among other things that a vessel registered as a commercial yacht was not automatically entitled to an exemption from VAT.
- DMLC II May CommenceFurther to ratification of the Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labor Convention) Rules of 2013, the Maltese Authority has announced that Recognised Organisations may commence with the DMLC II reviews and the conduct of on board inspections.
- The Longshore and Harbor Workers Act Addresses Workers’ Compensation ClaimsThe Longshore and Harbor Workers Act enables seamen to receive workers’ compensation claims when injured. While not one and the same, both the Jones Act and workers’ compensation award injured seamen monies on the job. With workers’ compensation, employees simply need to be injured on the job to receive medical and financials benefits.
- Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 was passed by congress, changing regulations for companies in the marine shipping and transportation industry.
- Difference between Initial Jones Act Settlements and a Fair Value of DamagesFor Jones Act settlements, many injured seamen are quick to take any offer given by their employer. A Louisiana maritime attorney in New Orleans can offer advice on a Jones Act claim.
- Change in Place of Supply Rules Affects the Maltese Leasing StructureThe 2013 amendments to the VAT legislation brought about changes to the place of supply rules in relation to long-term leases of yachts (leases for more than 90 days) to a non-taxable person.
- How to Prevent Boating AccidentsAll watercraft accidents must be reported to the National Park Service within 24 hours.
- How the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 May Impact A Maritime Injury ClaimThe Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act, is a law that protects injured maritime workers, whom a Louisiana Jones Act lawyer can represent.
- Cruise Ship Accidents & Injuries: Calculating Lost Tips as Part of Wages in a ClaimWorkers injured in cruise ship accidents may recover lost wages if employer negligence is to blame. Tips may be estimated based on averages and income tax returns.
- Louisiana Jones Act Claims: Types of Wrongful Death CompensationWrongful death lawyers can file Jones Act on behalf of surviving family members. Wrongful death compensation could include medical costs, lost earnings and more.
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Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide discussing legal aspects related to Admiralty and Maritime including: boating, cruise and commercial ship accidents, Jones Act and ship registration.