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Types of Ships & Vessels in Maritime Law


maritime2 The attorneys at Lapeze & Johns are familiar with many of the different ocean and inland moving vessels that are used in the maritime industry. Often, the type of boat that an accident happens on will inform us of the nature of the accident and liability concerns. Having a working knowledge of these vessels also gives us expertise when working for our clients, because we know how they should operate under normal conditions.

If you are injured during the course of maritime activities throughout the Gulf Coast or nationwide, contact our office for a free case evaluation. We work with offshore seamen and longshoremen to find viable financial solutions for the injuries suffered from workplace accidents. We know the intricacies of the law around maritime injuries and how they differ from traditional personal injury claims that rely on workers’ compensation.

Many of the maritime vessels in our cases are connected to the oil industry, but we also work with other commercial maritime vessels. In addition to the coastal regions, we cover the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) and inland waters reaching deep into our nation’s interior. Regardless of the area, we understand the hazards that maritime workers are exposed to on a daily basis.

The types of boats we come across frequently in our cases include:

  • Tug boat. Tug boats tow vessels that cannot move themselves in harbors or canals, those that are disabled, barges, or oil platforms.
  • Push boats. Push boats have powerful engines and push much larger vessels, particularly a line of barges.
  • Offshore platforms. More commonly known as oil rigs, these platforms may be connected to the ocean floor or may float.
  • SPARS. An oil drilling rig that is able to float in deep water, SPARS are more commonly secured to the sea floor.
  • Jack-up rigs. This is a type of drilling rig with legs that reach to the sea floor, called a “jack up” rig, known for its ability to self-elevate over the surface of the ocean.
  • Semi-submersible rigs. These rigs are used in drilling for oil as well as for safety and to lift cranes. The operating deck remains above the ocean surface while pontoons and hull structure remain deeply submerged.
  • Crew boats. Crew boats transport support crews, cargo, water, and fuel to offshore platforms.
  • Drilling barges. Drilling barges are smaller than other drilling platforms, mobile, and are commonly used for scientific drilling or other exploratory drilling.
  • Offshore supply boats. Offshore supply boats take goods and personnel out to other platforms and offshore structures. They can also carry cargo, and provide support for firefighting and oil containment.
  • Offshore barges. Offshore barges can house cranes or firefighting equipment, and can help lay pipes for offshore drilling purposes. They can also offer accommodations as well as transport to a large number of personnel.

All of these maritime vessels may give rise to injury through equipment malfunctioning, human error, weather conditions, and chemical exposure. Our maritime injury law experience includes cases involving all of these vessels and more. If you are injured on one of these vessels, call our attorneys today.

We provide advice from the beginning of a case through the end, and will even handle discussions with your employer and insurance adjuster. Your primary concern when you hire a Lapeze & Johns attorney is to get well. Our goal is aligned with yours: to find the best possible settlement so you can get on with your life without mounting medical expenses and anxiety. While we can never give you back what you lost, we can ensure the legal process is as painless as possible and that you are financially compensated for your loss.