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What does it mean for a vessel to be unseaworthy?

The water that surrounds the islands of Hawaii provides both beautiful scenery and opportunity for commerce for the people of Honolulu. Many individuals enjoy spending time on the ocean for pleasure, but also many individuals rely on incomes from the work that they do on vessels and seagoing crafts.

When a boat or ship is used for commerce and individuals work upon it for their jobs, the vessel must meet certain requirements. One of those requirements is that it is seaworthy. A seaworthy vessel is one that is reasonably fit for its intended use. Put simply, a vessel must be able to withstand the conditions that nature will subject it to while providing individuals upon it with safe ways of doing their work.

A vessel does not have to be unsinkable in order to be deemed seaworthy. It may be impossible for a ship owner to fit their sea craft with every possible safety and security device to prevent any possible form of harm. The vessel must be reasonably suited for the use it will be subjected to and therefore when accidents and injuries occur at sea a ship owner will not necessarily be held strictly liable for the losses.

When a worker is harmed on a ship or sea vessel they do have rights. If a ship is unseaworthy then it is likely that the owner of the ship was negligent in its upkeep and failed to provide the workers with a safe manner in which to complete the tasks of their jobs. Injuries at sea can be serious, life-altering incidents. Victims of ship and vessel-based accidents may want to discuss their possible civil cases with personal injury attorneys who offer maritime injury legal services to their clients.

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