46 U.S. Code § 30103. Liability of master, mate, engineer, and pilot

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A person may bring a civil action against a master, mate, engineer, or pilot of a vessel, and recover damages, for personal injury or loss caused by the master’s, mate’s, engineer’s, or pilot’s—
negligence or willful misconduct; or
neglect or refusal to obey the laws governing the navigation of vessels.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


46 App.:491 (words after semicolon).

R.S. § 4493 (words after semicolon).

Before paragraph (1), the words “bring a civil action” are substituted for “sue” for consistency with rule 2 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (28 App. U.S.C.). In paragraph (1), the word “carelessness” is omitted as included in “negligence”.