This week I wanted to explain some of the unique terms and definitions I will be using in my blog posts. Below is a list of some of the unique terms commonly used in admiralty law which will help you better understand future posts.
These first few terms are general terms used to describe the different parties involved in an admiralty law lawsuit.
Proctor in Admiralty: Admiralty law attorney
Libel: Admiralty lawsuit
This next set of terms are unique legalese used to describe whether a particular tort or contract falls into 28 USC 1333.
Navigable Waters: Body of water that can serve as a highway of commerce
Vessel: Capable of transporting people or goods
Maritime Flavor: Nexus to some maritime activity
Carrier: Vessel owner
Shipper: Person paying carrier to move cargo
Seaman: Someone who contributes, in some way, to the mission or function of that vessel or fleet and has a permanent connect to the vessel or fleet
This next set of terms describes the different type of marine insurance.
Hull: Protects against the ship sinking
Cargo: Protects the same as hull, and includes cargo
P&I: Protects the ship owner from the risks of litigation
This final set of terms are used to describe some of the special types of damages referred to in admiralty law.
Maintenance: Daily living expenses
Cure: Ship owner’s responsibility to pay for medical benefits