What is a cargo ship?

Cargo ships and container ships are similar vessels that can transport large and heavy loads of commercial goods and materials. They may be used between U.S. ports or ship freight internationally. Other types of cargo vessels may include tankers, which transport liquid cargo like petroleum, and dry-bulk carriers.

What danger is posed by a cargo ship accident?

One of the major causes of accidents on cargo tankers is explosions. This may result in loss of the vessel, its cargo, and loss of life, as well as environmental damage.

Cargo ships also may pose hazards to crews that work to load and unload the ships, those that work on the vessel during transportation of goods, and others that come into contact with the vessel on the sea and in port. Different rules apply to workers who are injured offshore than those who are injured in port.

Maritime Law is a specialized field that refers to the United States laws and regulations governing activities in any navigable waters or the open sea. This area of law includes international agreements and treaties. Federal courts have jurisdiction over maritime law, which provides maritime workers with compensation for injuries suffered offshore or in the maritime industry.

Crane accidents may take place on ports or on ships. Crane accidents are often the result of faulty wires or winches, or also may be due to operator negligence or inexperience.

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