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Q: Boarding a ship with out the permission of the Capt. is it illegal? and is it a act of piracy?

I am a writer and am doing a article for several web sites and mag's on the boarding laws past and present. Maritime law or Admiralty law

Mr.  Charles R. Lipcon
Mr. Charles R. Lipcon 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... Read more »

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Q: Can someone please help me...who is liable in a boating accident, the person operating the vessel, the owner, or both?
Mr.  Charles R. Lipcon
Mr. Charles R. Lipcon answered on May 16, 2013

A) When a boating accident occurs, several people can be held liable for the incident, depending on what exactly caused the accident to occur in the first place, who was operating the vessel and where exactly the accident took place. If the accident occurred on navigable waters, meaning waters that... Read more »

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