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Maritime Law Defined


Maritime law, also called admiralty law, is a collection of laws and regulations that govern ships and maritime trade. Maritime laws have existed for centuries throughout the world. Historically, many nations contributed to the establishment of maritime law, including the Middle East and Western Europe. Maritime law became increasingly important as piracy became more common.

These laws permitted the conviction and execution of pirates, and regulated international trade. Maritime laws have changed and evolved extensively throughout history. It is a branch of law that is frequently overlooked; however, it continues to be important today. In the United States, maritime law is concerned with a variety of different offenses and is regulated by the federal government.

For instance, recreational boating accidents, destruction to ship carried cargo, personal injuries, and boat collisions, are all covered by maritime law.

Maritime law has additional information regarding legislation and regulations that maritime activities.

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