What is a Vessel?

U.S. Supreme Court Confirms Vessel Definition

On February 22nd, 2005, the United States Supreme Court held in Stewart v. Dutra that a special purpose dredge was a vessel for purposes of the Jones Act. The Stewart decision clarifies and assists seaman in proving one important requirement to qualify under the Jones Act, i.e. that they be working aboard a vessel. Even if the structure that you were working on was temporarily moored or anchored, if it is ‘practically capable’ of navigation, you may have been working on a vessel for purposes of the Jones Act.

Comments are closed.

    Watch how this maritime worker went back to work after his offshore injury.

    Free Case Review

    Complete this form to be contacted by a lawyer to discuss your case.

    Case Results

    Over the years we have handled many cases with favorable outcomes.

    Visit our Case Results page to see what kind of cases we’ve had in the past and the results of those cases.