Boarding a ship with out the permission of the Capt. is it illegal? and is it a act of piracy?
1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime Law for Florida on Jul 1, 2011.
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Answered On May 16, 2013
Yes, boarding a ship without the permission of the captain or an officer or crewmember designated by him is a violation of international maritime law. At the very minimum, the individual boarding the vessel without permission may be considered a stowaway, but in many countries, doing so qualifies as piracy and the guilty party may be subject to fines as well as imprisonment. However, when an individual boards a vessel for the purposes of saving a life, preventing a personal injury or property damage, they are not considered to be committing piracy.