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Shipping Law

Registration And Ownership, Agents, Shipping Contracts, Maritime Liens, Marine Insurance, Salvage, General Average

The area of maritime law that is concerned with ships and the individuals employed in or around them, as well as the shipment of goods by merchant vessels.

U.S. shipping law is a complex body of customs, legislation, international treaties, and court decisions dealing with the rights and responsibilities of ownership and operation of vessels that travel on the high seas. Much of the COMMERCIAL LAW surrounding transportation of goods by ship involves contractual agreements between the shipowner and the party wishing to ship the goods. However, these agreements generally are based on long-standing customs and business practices peculiar to the shipping industry.


Pamborides, G. P. 1999. International Shipping Law: Legislation and Enforcement. Boston: Kluwer Law.

Policy Research Project on Texas Seaport and Waterborne Commerce and Its Role in International Trade. 1996. Port-Related State Programs and Federal Legislative Issues: A Report. Austin: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin.

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