Vessel Status

vessel-injuriesWhat Is a Vessel Under the Jones Act?

Under the Jones Act, a vessel refers to both tradition vessels and modern vessels. Essentially, a vessel is anything that is used to transport goods or people across navigable waters. In fact, platforms or drilling units that are easily transportable can also be considered “vessels” under the Jones Act. Some cases have also held that floating docks or platforms which are subjected to the perils of the sea can also be construed as “vessels” under the Jones Act. This case law has broadened what constitutes as a “vessel” under the Jones Act thereby enabling seaman to recover from injuries incurred upon navigable waters.

The Supreme Court in Stewart v. Dutra Construction Co.543 U.S. 481 (2005) recently held that the term vessel “includes every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water.” This decision meant that floating docks, platforms, dormitories or rigs fall under the definition of a “Jones Act Vessel.”

What are Examples of Vessels Under the Jones Act?

The Jones Act applies to virtually every vessel or boat on navigable waters, these include:

If you have been injured on navigable waters aboard one of these vessels, contact one of the experiences Jones Act and Maritime Lawyers at Pierce | Skrabanek. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to handle your case.