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As per Black’s Law Dictionary, Maritime Law refers to the law governing sea or seaport bound actions conducted and commerce transacted. Registration, license, and inspection procedures for ships and shipping contracts, insurance and carriage of goods and passengers are included. Admiralty Law refers to the rules and orders of maritime law. This protects the ships and the sea from harm. Maritime treaties are drafted between international interests.

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About the Maritime and Admiralty Laws


Maritime and Admiralty laws are those laws which govern the life and affairs of the seamen both on water and near water meaning on high sea as well as on ports. Usually these are the laws which are looked at when a seaman is fairing on the sea with his ship and crew. They need these laws to ensure the proper regulations of the shipping industry and also to ensure that justice is done with the crew and seamen when any event occurs.

In 2017, India enacted a law which is now the paragon law in the field of admiralty and maritime laws. The Act is known as ‘The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act 2017’ whose main aim is to consolidate the laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction, legal proceedings in connection with vessels, their arrest, detention, sale and other matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

The Act says that the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure 1908 shall apply in all the proceedings before the High Court to the extent of them not being inconsistent with any of the provisions the Act. The Act also says that notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, an appeal shall lie from any judgement, decree or final order or interim order of a single Judge of the High Court under this Act to a division Bench of the High Court.

What are the applicable laws to Maritime?


The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Act 2017 repealed these following laws;

  • The Admiralty Court Act, 1840;
  • The Admiralty Court Act, 1861;
  • The Colonial Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890;
  • The Colonial Courts of Admiralty (India) Act, 1891; and
  • The provisions of the Letters Patent, 1865 in so far as they apply to the admiralty jurisdiction of the Bombay, Calcutta and Madras High Courts.

Some important facts and cases about and under Maritime law


As per the act, every maritime lien shall have the following order of inter se priority, namely:-

  • Claims for wages and other sums due to the master, officers and other members of the vessel's complement in respect of their employment on the vessel, including costs of repatriation and social insurance contributions payable on their behalf;
  • Claims in respect of loss of life or personal injury occurring, whether on land or on water, in direct connection with the operation of the vessel;
  • Claims for reward for salvage services including special compensation relating thereto;
  • Claims for port, canal, and other waterway dues and pilotage dues and any other statutory dues related to the vessel;
  • Claims based on tort arising out of loss or damage caused by the operation of the vessel other than loss or damage to cargo and containers carried on the vessel.

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