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September 30, 2016

Limitation of Liability

Accidents happen. When it happens on the high seas, the law limits the liability of the shipowner to the post-casualty value of the vessel plus pending […]
September 24, 2016

The Law of General Average

“General average” is the term applied to the allocating the costs of preventing or remedying a marine casualty among the parties benefitted by the efforts. In […]
September 15, 2016

Law of Salvage, Part II

Salvage situations vary. They could involve a small boat running out of gas and being assisted by a local towboat company or a more complex case […]
September 9, 2016

Law of Salvage

Suppose you are the captain of a ship that had to jettison its cargo to survive. In such a scenario, there may be thousands or millions […]
September 2, 2016

Collisions and Presumptions

The maritime industry recognizes certain navigation rules. In fact, collision prevention rules have been recognized from ancient times. Currently, the international law governing the navigation of […]
August 26, 2016

Maritime Accidents

The definition of a “collision” is when two floating objects come into contact unintentionally. If vessels come into contact on purpose, such as when a tug […]
August 19, 2016

Governing Law of Maritime Disputes

Imagine a collision in the middle of the ocean between a cargo ship and a passenger ship. The damages are significant; the cargo ship suffers structural […]
August 12, 2016

Discrepancies in Maritime Injury Claims

A recent maritime case punctuated the discrepancy in maritime injury claims regarding when the statute of limitations starts to run. If you are hurt in a […]
August 5, 2016

Limits on Maritime Jurisdiction

Currently, international prosecutions of potential criminals are up. Much of this stems from U.S. national security goals. These extraterritorial prosecutions of terrorists, arms traffickers, and drug […]
July 30, 2016

Brief History of the Jones Act

The Jones Act, which set forth cabotage (coastal trade between ports) regulations, was passed as Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Named for […]