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Maritime Law

Seattle Maritime Lawyers

Our firm is dedicated to providing top-quality legal representation to individuals and businesses involved in the maritime industry. Whether you have been injured while working on a ship, or are facing a legal dispute related to your maritime employment, our team of experienced attorneys is here to help.

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Our internationally recognized Maritime Law team, based in Seattle, Washington, is uniquely equipped to help our clients navigate the complex laws and admiralty jurisdiction inherent to maritime business and legal disputes. Moure Law is known for our diverse and high-profile international maritime experience, and we are a leading law firm in maritime law, assisting clients in a wide range of maritime-related matters including litigation, vessel arrests, yacht law, maritime personal injury, and cases under the Jones Act and the Harbor Workers Compensation Act.

Whether it’s a fishing vessel or a cargo ship, we have handled hundreds of vessel repossessions and arrests involving yachts, fishing boats, cargo ships, cruise and casino ships, and have successfully resolved corporate maritime cases in the Bahamas, the US, Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Norway, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey, and Vietnam. Our broad experience and detailed knowledge of maritime law give our clients the tools and confidence they need to handle the legal challenges they face at sea, and to understand how maritime law might apply to your case.

Whether it is Seattle maritime law, Washington state law, international law, or cases in state courts, Moure Law is ready for the challenge. We take pride in having helped clients, including longshore and harbor workers, around the world succeed in even the most challenging maritime legal disputes and commercial matters. Leading media look to our lawyers for their insight into this unique area of law.

Our commercial maritime services include, but are not limited to:

  • Vessel arrests in United States and foreign jurisdictions
  • Purchase and sale of vessels and other maritime assets
  • Vessel management and product sales agreements
  • Demise, time, and space charter agreements
  • Maritime lien and ship mortgage disputes
  • Vessel documentation, inspection, registration, and flagging
  • Marine insurance
  • Vessel financing for lenders, borrowers, and charterers
  • Vessel repair contracts and litigation
  • Fishing rights applications and disputes
  • Foreign and domestic joint venture agreements

Moure Law’s commitment to excellence in maritime law ensures that our clients receive the highest quality legal advice and representation, whether they are in Seattle, Washington, or anywhere else in the world.

Maritime Personal Injury

Our maritime legal team works closely with our clients to seek fair compensation for the physical, financial, and psychological damages they may have suffered as a result of their injuries.

Though we always attempt to resolve our clients’ claims through settlement, our experienced legal team stands ready to take your case to court and pursue your claims through aggressive litigation. Moure Law represents injured cruise ship passengers as well other individuals injured at sea. If you are in Seattle and need a Maritime lawyer near you, contact Moure Law.

Visit our Cruise Injury page to learn more about how our Seattle Maritime attorneys can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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Our Maritime Track Record

  • Represent Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in maritime and vessel arrest cases in the UK, Japan, Australia, and the United States.
  • Represent World Fuel Services on multiple ship arrest cases in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Represent Eurobulk in securing a Rule B vessel arrest (based on an alter ego claim) of a bulk grain cargo vessel in Kalama, Washington, against a Chinese entity.
  • Represent Unimak America in a case disputing ownership of a US-Russian fishing company.
  • Represent Seattle-based fish company in arbitration against Carnitech for breach of contract involving fish processing equipment.
  • Represent Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association in Alaska Federal Court arrest of two ocean going barges.
  • Represent multiple clients in arresting twelve ocean going fish processing vessels at one time in Pusan, Korea.
  • Represent Daxin Pacific in arresting Greek-owned vessels in Qingdao, China, and in Sapparo, Japan.
  • Represent Intermarine in a China matter.
  • Represent American Independent Lines in international cargo litigation matter in Seattle Federal Court.
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Maritime Law Information

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  • Jones Act

    The maritime industry plays a crucial role in the global economy, encompassing various sectors such as shipping, fishing, and offshore exploration. Within this diverse landscape, the Jones Act, formally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, holds particular significance for maritime workers, especially those involved in fishing. The Jones Act establishes critical protections and…
  • Vessel Arrest

    Vessel arrest, also known as maritime or ship arrest, is a legal process by which a vessel can be detained or seized to secure a maritime claim. It allows a claimant to enforce their rights over a vessel when they have a valid claim related to maritime disputes such as unpaid debts, salvage claims, collision…
  • Recreational Boating

    Recreational Boating Boating laws and regulations in Seattle In Seattle, Washington, all recreational vessels with a motor must be registered, except for non-motorized boats shorter than 16 feet. Additionally, boaters who are 12 years or older and operate a vessel with a 15 horsepower or greater motor are required to have a Washington Boater Education Card.…
  • Titanic Sub Accident – Legal Implications

    Titanic Sub Accident – Legal Implications From Sunday June 18, 2023 to Thursday June 22, 2023, a series of events unfolded regarding a submersible named Titan, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, during its exploration of the abandoned vessel, the Titanic wreck. The submersible, carrying five individuals, including OceanGate's CEO Stockton Rush, vanished on June 18, 2023, off the coast of Newfoundland,…
  • Vessels

    Within this distinguished legal domain, intricate regulations and statutes govern the multifaceted realm of vessels and maritime activities and navigation. From collisions and cargo disputes to salvage operations and environmental preservation, maritime law encompasses a vast array of topics crucial to the maritime industry. Vessel Legal Requirements Vessels in Washington must be registered with the…
  • Maritime Lawyer

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  • What Is Maritime Law

    What Is Maritime Law Maritime Law: Everything You Need to Know It is important for anyone involved with maritime activities to understand Maritime law.  There are a vast array of legal issues that can arise from protecting the rights of seafarers to regulating shipping and commerce on navigable waters. Moure Law are experts in the field of Maritime…
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    Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is a branch of law that governs ships, boats, and other vessels that operate on navigable waters. It covers a wide range of issues, including maritime accidents, marine insurance, cargo claims, and maritime labor disputes.

    Maritime law applies to ship owners, operators, and other parties involved in the operation of ships, as well as to seafarers, dock workers, and other maritime employees. It also applies to those who are injured in maritime accidents and to parties involved in the shipment of goods by sea.

    Maritime law covers a wide range of issues, including the regulation of ships and other vessels, the rights and responsibilities of ship owners and operators, and the rights of those injured in maritime accidents. It also covers issues related to the shipment of goods by sea, including cargo claims and marine insurance.

    Yes, under maritime law, injured parties have the right to seek compensation for their injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

    If you have a legal issue related to a maritime matter, it is important to work with an attorney who has experience in maritime law. Our experienced maritime attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the complex legal landscape and protect your rights.

    1. High Seas: International waters outside any nation’s territorial waters.
    2. Territorial Waters: Waters extending up to 12 nautical miles from a country’s coastline.
    3. Ports and Harbors: Areas involving shipping, navigation, and transport of goods and people.
    4. Ships and Vessels: Governs operations and actions of ships, regardless of their location.
    5. Offshore Structures: Can apply to offshore oil rigs and platforms considered as vessels.

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