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U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage

ALASKA - Juneau, AK - (907) 465-4518
ARIZONA - Phoenix, AZ - (602) 542-3871
ARKANSAS - Little Rock, AR - (501) 682-4500
CALIFORNIA - Sacramento, CA - (916) 262-2160
COLORADO - Denver, CO - (303) 318-8898
CONNECTICUT - Wethersfield, CT - (860) 263-6255
DELAWARE - Wilmington, DE - (302) 761-8052
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - (202) 671-1633
GUAM - Tamuning, GU - (671) 475-7062
HAWAII - Honolulu, HI - (808) 586-8996
IDAHO - Boise, ID - (800) 772-2553
ILLINOIS - Chicago, IL - (312) 793-2316
INDIANA - Indianapolis, IN - (317) 232-7460
IOWA - Des Moines, IA - (515) 281-0255
KANSAS - Topeka, KS - (785) 296-5058
KENTUCKY - Frankfort, KY - (502) 564-7976
LOUISIANA - Baton Rouge, LA - (225) 342-3141
MAINE - Augusta, ME - (207) 287-2271
MARYLAND - Baltimore, MD - (410) 767-2250
MASSACHUSETTS - Boston, MA - (617) 626-6556
MICHIGAN - Detroit, MI - (313) 456-3090
MINNESOTA - St. Paul, MN - (651) 282-2714
MISSISSIPPI - Jackson, MS - (601) 321-6261
MISSOURI - Jefferson City, MO - (573)
U.S. Department of Labor - These are contact
numbers for Dept of Labor Offices that maintain
regional employment, unemployment, wage

NEVADA - Carson City, NV - (775) 684-0387
NEW HAMPSHIRE - Concord, NH - (603) 228-4123
NEW JERSEY - Trenton, NJ 08625 - 609 292-0099
NEW MEXICO - Albuquerque, NM - (505) 222-4683
NEW YORK - Albany, NY - (518) 457-6369
NORTH CAROLINA - Raleigh, NC - (919) 733-2936
NORTH DAKOTA - Bismarck, ND - (701) 328-2868
OHIO - Columbus, OH - (614) 752-9494
OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma City, OK - (405) 557-7265
OREGON - Salem, OR - (503) 947-1212
PENNSYLVANIA - Harrisburg, PA - (717) 787-3266
PUERTO RICO Hato Rey, PR - (787) 754-5340
RHODE ISLAND - Cranston, RI - (401) 462-8767
SOUTH CAROLINA - Columbia, SC (803)
737-2660SOUTH DAKOTA - Aberdeen, SD - (605)
TENNESSEE - Nashville, TN - (615) 741-2284
TEXAS - Austin, TX -
UTAH - Salt Lake City, UT - (801) 526-9401
VERMONT - Montpelier, VT - (802) 828-4153
VIRGIN ISLANDS-Charlotte Aml, VI -340 776-3700
VIRGINIA - Richmond, VA - (804) 786-7496
WASHINGTON - Lacey, WA - (360) 438-4804
WEST VIRGINIA - Charleston, WV - (304) 558-2660
WISCONSIN - Madison, WI - (608) 267-2393
WYOMING - Casper, WY - (307) 473-3807
Maritime Law
Maritime Jobs - Marine Jobs - Deckhands - Tankermen - Able Seaman - Maritime Jobs - Deck Engine - Employment in the Maritime
Industry - Work on Ships - Yachts - Tugboats - Cruise Ships
Maritime Law
Maritime law is a big part of the life of the maritime employee. Admiralty courts were
established by the United States Constitution. Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution
establishes Federal Courts that have jurisdiction over admiralty and maritime matters.

Many elements of maritime law date back even further than 1789, the year in which the
Constitution was signed. These go back centuries, to the times of the seafaring
Phoenicians, Romans, and other civilizations that plied the seven seas. Although modern
maritime law is organized under codes and titles (in the United States, a good deal of
maritime law appears under the United States Code, Title 46), many of the general
concepts date back centuries.

Maritime law is the branch of law that deals with activities that take place on ocean and
inland waters. It can be called an international law in that it covers acts that occur beyond
the borders of a sovereign nation. It also covers acts that occur between different nations,
such as ships of different nations colliding in international waters. Among other aspects of
mercantile activity, maritime law addresses employees, passengers, cargoes, and
vessels. It covers commercial vessels as well as pleasure vessels, in such situations
where operators of jet-skis or sailing dinghies have been surprised to learn they fall under
the umbrella of maritime law when operating upon navigable waters.

When it comes to maritime employees, different laws cover different classes of employees.
To learn about non-seaman status employees, click
Longshore & Harbor Workers'
Compensation Act. Some laws that we associate with maritime employment include
elements of non-maritime law as well, such as elements of common law negligence,
contracts, torts, and criminal acts. With the legal rights of the men and women who work
aboard container ships, commercial fishing vessels, tugboats, ferries and other vessels,
their rights depend upon being classified as a member of the crew (for more about
“seaman status” as a member of the crew of a vessel, see the menu selection “Legal
Rights” and find the link “Jones Act and Seaman Status”). For maritime employees who are
accepted to be seamen, their legal rights are governed by the Jones Act on U.S. flag ships.
This is covered in the Jones Act page of the Legal Rights section of this site, so there’s no
point in being redundant. But for maritime employees such as dockbuilders, commercial
divers, harbor and docking pilots, diesel mechanics…  people whose scope of
employment is clearly arguable as being maritime in nature, but don’t quality as Jones Act
seamen (and again, that means men and women alike), their rights are governed by the
Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Legal Sense
Can the EPA obtain
a warrant to inspect
a vessel under the
Toxic Substances
Control Act?
here to learn
the answer.
Recently, a federal judge issued a subpeona to the ferry captain to testify in a related
salvage law claim. The City of New York attempted to invoke
limitation of liability against
the accident or injury lawsuits to limit the payout to claimants who in line for personal
injury claims & wrongful death lawsuits to the residual value of the damaged vessel. The
NTSB investigated this accident and is now investigating the
Tour Boat Accident in PA.
What went wrong...
- Defective Gyrocompass?
- Human Navigation Error?
- Unmarked Wreck?
Maritime law is called upon
to analyze the issues that
arise when something goes
wrong... What happened?
Who was at fault? Was there
a violation of rules or
regulations? Were people
The Jones Act &
Mariners More
information about the
Jones Act
Jones Act Seaman
Status Significance
of Status as a Jones
Act Seaman
Jones Act Seaman
Maritime law deals with legal theories, some of which are exclusively maritime in nature,
and some of which are derived from common law and administrative law. Theories
Negligence & Unseaworthiness and Product Liability , and strictly liability.
legal issues have become an A
candidate for
Attorney Advisor
is sought
by Customs & Border
Protection, operating under the
the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security. The
successful attorney candidate
will work in the Office of
International Trade, Regulations
and Rulings, Washington D.C.

This attorney position will
involve working with dutiability
of vessel repairs, salvage,
intellectual property rights,
merchandise entry, vessel,
vehicle and aircraft arrival,
carrier documentation,
coastwise restrictions on
transportation of persons and
merchandise, dredging and
towing operations, waivers of
navigation laws, and other
areas of law.

To learn more about this
Supervisory Attorney
position, go to the
federal government jobsite by
clicking the link above

Good luck.
U,S. Government Photo
In October 2003  the Staten Island Ferry Andrew Barberi crashed into St. George
Terminal, resulting in 11 deaths and over 60 injuries. The image above evidences the
level of damage from a vessel of this size hitting a concrete and steel pier at sea speed.
Looking back at Exxon Valdez...  Captain Hazelwood on the maritime accident.  Interested
in working as
Supervisory Attorney Advisor with DHS ? Getting back to the wrongful death
and personal injury lawsuits from the ferry crash, the City of New York attempted to limit
liability in federal court. The attempt was denied by the Federal Judge in court.