The Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST) is an international treaty that sets commercial and environmental guidelines for the world’s oceans. It is intended to protect the ocean from environmental pollution, guide businesses at sea, set the various zones of the ocean, and protect a vessels’ navigational freedom. It was developed and adopted in 1994.
More than 100 countries have signed the Law of the Sea Treaty, but the United States has not; however, theU.S. has voluntarily followed the rules set out in the treaty in addition to otherU.S. maritime law procedures.
The treaty is also supported by many environmental and maritime groups including the World Wildlife Fund and American Sport Fishing Association.
Arguments exist on both sides concerning whether the United States should sign the treaty. Proponents of the treaty argue that signing the treaty will protect American workers in international waters and promote the health of the ocean. Others argue that signing the treaty will limit the United States’ ability to deal with offshore issues.
Outside of the treaty, maritime laws, such as the Jones Act, protect sailors and passengers. If you or a loved one was hurt on a boat or other type of sea vessel in international waters and are not sure of your rights or what to do next, call an attorney for help. Remember to make sure you gather pertinent information and evidence that can back up your claim, in the event you are in a serious injury accident, so that your attorney can build a strong case.
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Maritime law provides you with certain protections your employer may not want you to know about. A maritime law attorney from The Young Firm inNew Orleans,Louisiana, can help you if you have suffered boating accident injuries, an offshore accident, or other injuries that fall under maritime law or the Jones Act.
Though we are based in Louisiana, we are ready and able to help injured victims throughout the U.S.Order our free Maritime Injury Law guide and/or our guide to what to do when you are injured offshore to learn all about your rights as an injured worker.