Does Worker’s Compensation Apply to Vessels? What Type of Crew Should I Hire For my Vessel? How Should I Pay my Crew?

When a USCG-documented vessel leaves Caribbean waters for charter hire during the summer months to the continental United States, the “rules of the road” dramatically change.

As a vessel Owner or Captain, I have to ask you, when is the last time you took out your insurance policy and perused what your insurance company defines as the vessel’s navigational limits?

When was the exact time and date of delivery of the vessel?  Surely the Buyer does not own the vessel until the Seller has confirmed in writing receipt of funds in full.

Whether you are a captain, crew member, charter broker or owner of a vessel with motorized tenders and toys, it is very important to understand what liability issues may be lurking below the surface.