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Boating Safety


1. Maritime Laws and Regulations

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

This initiative provides restitution to maritime employees who have sustained injuries while engaged in tasks on or in proximity to navigable waters. Precise areas encompassed by this legislation encompass spaces for loading and unloading cargo vessels, work sites on piers and decks, and regions designated for ship repairs.

Death On the High Seas Act

The Death on the High Seas Act, abbreviated as DOHSA, grants reparation to the families of maritime laborers who lost their lives while on a ship, situated at a distance of three nautical miles or more from the coastline. Originating in 1920, DOHSA presently extends compensation not only for financial damages but also for the emotional distress and suffering linked to the passing of a loved one.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act is a federal statute designed to grant compensation to seafarers or individuals working on a vessel for any role they play, should they sustain injuries during their work. This law pertains to matters concerning the movement of goods and people within the same country's ports and activities within maritime trade. Moreover, it functions as a shield against the exploitation of sailors by their employers.


Within the framework of the Jones Act, it is mandatory for employers to ensure a secure working environment for their staff and provide necessary medical treatment. The act also lays down criteria for the proper upkeep of vessels and safety gear. Additionally, it establishes requirements for the qualifications, training, and licensing of crews. Comparable to the Death on the High Seas Act, this legislation mandates the demonstration of another party's negligence as the cause behind these work-related injuries.

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