What Is A Vessel Under The Jones Act?

The Jones Act enables injured seamen to obtain compensation for medical costs, lost wages and certain noneconomic losses. While we typically think of seamen as working on large, blue water vessels, workers on a wide range of vessels on coastal and inland waterways are covered by the Jones Act.

If you work in a maritime occupation and you have suffered an injury, you should speak with an experienced Jones Act attorney to discuss your case.

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Types Of Vessels That Qualify Under The Jones Act

To be covered by the Jones Act, you must spend 30 percent or more of your time on a vessel and satisfy certain other criteria. A lawyer at our law firm can review your case and explain your rights. If you are not eligible under the Jones Act, we still may be able to obtain compensation for you through other avenues.

Types of vessels that can qualify a maritime worker for Jones Act compensation include:

  • Oceangoing ships
  • Tugboats
  • Barges
  • Dredgers
  • Pile drivers
  • Commercial fishing boats
  • Offshore oil platform service boats
  • Oil drilling rigs
    • Jack-up rigs
    • Semisubmersible rigs
    • Drilling ships
    • Tension leg platforms
  • Other types of maritime craft

Generally speaking, people who work on oil production platforms that are fixed to the seabed are not covered by the Jones Act. However, they may be able to claim compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and other laws.

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