Jake’s Maritime Minute 1

Jake’s Maritime Minute

Today we are going to start a new type of post called “Jake’s Maritime Minute”.  These posts will be generally shorter than the average blog post.  Each post will include a simple question involving maritime law, and an answer written by Jake Munch, coming from his 30 years of experience in the field.  The questions will start relatively basic, and will get more complex and specific over time.  If there is ever a question you have involving maritime law, please feel free to email us and we would happily answer it in one of our upcoming posts!  Enjoy!

Jake’s Maritime Minute 1

Q:  What is maritime law?  Is there a difference between maritime law and admiralty Law?

A:  United States maritime law is the body of law involving collision between vessels, cargo claims, maritime liens, seaman’s injury and death claims, longshoreman’s claims, boating accidents, marine insurance claims for sinkings and damage, salvage claims, limitation of liability actions, and cruise ship passenger injury and death claims.  Maritime law is federal law that is made up of decisions that come from the federal courts: the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and all the U.S. District Courts.  These courts are interpreting federal statutes and CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) provisions, and making their own decisional law.  The terms maritime law and admiralty law are generally synonymous.

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