Marine Transport

Maritime law is a unique and specialized field that is distinctly different from the Common Law or from Civil Law. For example, it’s the only field of legal practice where it’s possible to sue, and even “arrest”, an inanimate physical object (a ship). However, maritime law is not used to resolve all legal issues involving marine transport. Many are determined by contract law, tort law, insurance law and even international law.

There are various modes of marine transport, including the following:

  • Cruise ship
  • Container ship
  • Tanker
  • Fishing boat
  • Vehicle ferry
  • Passenger ferry/Sea bus
  • Yacht
  • Powerboat
  • Jetboat
  • Megayacht/Superyacht
  • Personal Water Craft (Jet Ski, Sea-Doo, WaveRunner)
  • Canoe
  • Raft


Some forms of marine transport are not limited to marine operations, such as amphibious vehicles and hovercraft. Not all forms of marine transport operate on the water. Adam was legal counsel on a dispute involving a Navy submarine.

If you have a legal issue involving any form of marine transport, call Pappin Law for a no-cost consultation.