Cap on Punitive Damage Under Fire

In 2008, nineteen years after Exxon’s supertanker Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef fracturing its hull and spilling millions of gallons of crude oil... More

Mooring: The Respective Duties and Responsibilities of Vessel and Wharfinger

A heavily laden bulk carrier is scheduled to arrive at midnight at your wharf on the Mississippi River.  The river is running high and... More

The Value of Thorough Pre-employment Screening

In the maritime work force, workers fall generally into two groups.  There are those who work aboard vessels and in the eyes of the... More

New OSHA Regs for Shipyards: 29 C.F.R. § 1915, Subpart F

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are statutorily responsible for providing safe workplaces for their employees.  The Department of Labor’s... More

Uberrimae Fidei: Utmost Good Faith

Uberrimae fidei, utmost good faith, is an ancient marine insurance doctrine.  Historically, all insurance policies were contracts uberrimae fidei, meaning both parties were held... More

A Vessel Owner’s Duties Under the Wreck Removal Act

When a vessel is grounded or sunk in navigable waters of the United States the law places certain strict duties on its owner.  Both... More

Dock Leases: Can They Insulate the Landlord From Liability?

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal, in the matter of Sander v. Alexander Richardson Investments, 334 F. 3d 712 (8th Cir. 2003), was asked... More

Seaworthiness of a Vessel

There was a time when an experienced mariner could judge the seaworthiness of a vessel.  By merely observing its hull and rigging he could... More

The Vessel Seizure Remedy

The General Maritime Law provides unique protections to those engaged in maritime commerce.  For instance, those companies or individuals who provide stores, supplies and... More

The Good Samaritan Doctrine in Maritime Law

The Good Samaritan.  We know him as the traveler who, for no other reason than a desire to help a fellow human being, stopped... More